Crawford on C-SPAN

Matthew B. Crawford discussed his book Shop Class as Soulcraft on C-SPAN on March 19, 2010.



Crawford on Colbert

Crawford discussed Shop Class as Soulcraft on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report on June 24, 2009. 



Shop Class on the Airwaves

New Atlantis contributing editor Matthew B. Crawford discussed his book Shop Class as Soulcraft on National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show on June 2, 2009. Click play to listen.

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Matthew B. Crawford

Contributing Editor

Matthew B. CrawfordMatthew B. Crawford majored in physics as an undergraduate, then turned to political philosophy (Ph.D. Chicago). His writings for The New Atlantis bring the two concerns together, and consider how developments in the sciences influence our view of the human person. Currently a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, he also runs a small business in Richmond.

The theme of his first book is Shop Class as Soulcraftmanual competence. The book reflects on the experience of building things and fixing things, and considers the problem of living concretely in an ever more abstract world. Entitled Shop Class as Soulcraft, after the New Atlantis essay by the same name, the book was released by The Penguin Press in 2009.

His latest book, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction, published in early 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, is on the theme of attention as a cultural problem.

In The New Atlantis

Virtual Reality as Moral Ideal

Number 44 ~ Winter 2015

The Limits of Neuro-Talk

Number 19 ~ Winter 2008

Political Pseudoscience

Number 16 ~ Spring 2007

Theory Wars, Again

Number 15 ~ Winter 2007

Shop Class as Soulcraft

Number 13 ~ Summer 2006

The Computerized Academy

Number 9 ~ Summer 2005

Science Education and Liberal Education

Number 8 ~ Spring 2005

Other Publications

  • “How We Lost Our Attention,” The Hedgehog Review, Summer 2014
  • “Work and Dignity: A Conversation between Mike Rose and Matthew Crawford,” The Hedgehog Review, Fall 2012
  • “The Case for Working with Your Hands,” New York Times Magazine, May 24, 2009
  • “Medicate U,” The American Interest, September/October 2008