Defining craftsmanship far more broadly than skilled manual labor, Richard Sennett maintains that the computer programmer, the doctor, the artist, and even the parent and citizen engage in a craftsmans work. Craftsmanship names the basic human impulse to do a job well for its own sake, says the author, and good craftsmanship involves developing skills and focusing on the work rather than ourselves. In this thought-provoking book, one of our most distinguished public intellectuals explores the work of craftsmen past and present, identifies deep connections between material consciousness and ethical values, and challenges received ideas about what constitutes good work in todays world.

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