Includes bibliographical references (p. []) and index. Prologue: man as his own maker -- Craftsmen -- The troubled craftsman -- The. Read "The Craftsman" by Richard Sennett available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. Defining craftsmanship far more. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-. Publication Data. Sennett, Richard, –. The craftsman / Richard Sennett. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and.

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Craftsmanship, says Richard Sennett, names the basic human impulse to do a job well for its own sake, and good craftsmanship involves developing skills and . Craftsmanship, says Richard Sennett, names the basic human impulse to do a job well for its own sake, and good craftsmanship involves. The Craftsman (): Richard Sennett: Books. of other books are available for instant access. view Kindle eBook | view Audible audiobook .. Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

That is, humans like autonomy and developing mastery and yet most of modern work denies people access to exactly that.

It has cartoons - how could it be better? Anyway, then at the end of the book he talks about American Pragmatism Instrumentalism as the leftish American tradition of Dewey and James.

I really recommend you read this — the stuff about architecture is worth the price of the book alone — but there are larger fish and they all need frying.

Marx says that the major contradiction of our age is between the social nature of production and the private means of accumulation. So, capitalism closes down contingency, craftsmanship opens it up.

A craftsman responds to social needs, it is just that they do this in a highly individual way — self-actualising, Maslow would say. And here in lies my problem, for me at least.

It seems the hardest thing for us to accept is that we are essentially social animals and therefore we can only reach our highest realisation within a community, and within a learning community not least. But my debt to society — to community — is large in all senses and it is a debt I never understate or underestimate.

I never self-actualise — I always actualise in relation to others, either with their help or in my own struggle against their views. This kind of Enlightenment is the fire being stolen from heaven in slow motion.

Sennett may not be a Marxist, but he certainly believes that the labour process shapes consciousness. It apparently takes about 10 hours of instruction to become accomplished at any given activity; which is roughly equivalent to the 3 years it takes young doctors to acquire specialist skills.

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The very nature of the activity works against its abstraction, as Michael Oakeshott, who is surprisingly absent from the book, pointed out in his famous essay Rationalism in Politics 2 which makes a distinction between technical and practical knowledge. Forms of craftsmanship, like medicine, which have humans as their plastic material, involve both, and the irony is that practical knowledge is largely tacit: it cannot be grasped, other than through doing.

It is a thing that cannot be put into rules; there is an art in it that I cannot explain to my son. That is why it is impossible for me to let him take over my work, and here I am at seventy still making wheels.

Expertise at that level requires affinity. It is surely noteworthy in this respect that in the high age of the medieval guilds, the professional relationship between master and apprentice took precedence over the natural relationship between father and son. Sennett who is no romantic puts in a good word for Linux system developers as public craftsmen, but I remain sceptical: how do you draw the line between form and function in artefacts that are ever more living, buzzing bundles of semiotics mobile phones?

The ultimate teasing question being asked by Sennett is: how reasonable is it to be rational?

More bespoke insights can be expected in the next two volumes of what is a projected trilogy.The ultimate teasing question being asked by Sennett is: how reasonable is it to be rational?

While both types of play are important, Sennett shows the importance of this second type of play often present in boredom. Pure competition, Sennett shows, will never produce good work.

Next, Sennett explores the implications of machines replicants and robots for craftwork. Concluding the second part of his text, Sennett emphasizes that the progress of craft is not linear. With regard to theology of work, does a theological rendering of work properly allow for ambiguity, imagination, and play?

When work is subjected to generic pressures, false ends are instituted removing the joy and ability for a particular structure to evolve. Lost in the modern world is the knowledge that comes by fixing things.