Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Pliable Generalists

The craftsman's habitual deference is not toward the New, but toward the objective standards of his craft. However narrow in its application, this is a rare appearance in contemporary life - a disinterested, articulable, and publicly affirmable idea of the good. Such a strong ontology is somewhat at odds with the cutting-edge institutions of the new capitalism, and with the educational regime that aims to supply those institutions with suitable workers - pliable generalists unfettered by any single set of skills.

- From Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford

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