Matthew Crawford, a philosopher who has found wisdom in being a motorcycle mechanic, is the author of an excellent book on vocation entitled Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work. He now has another book that shows how the Enlightenment has given us a very distorted view of the self, one which insulates the inner mind from outside reality. The new book has the felicitous title The World Beyond Your Head.
After the jump, I excerpt and link to an extremely thoughtful and perceptive review of the book, one that interacts with Crawford’s ideas with great learning and insight. I was stunned to see that the reviewer is Gracy Olmstead, a recent student of mine! I can see Patrick Henry College’s classical liberal arts curriculum underlying her essay, as she draws on the “great books” that we have read and takes part in the “great conversation” of the history of ideas. Note too the depth of her thinking and how she compares to other recent graduates that you might have encountered. Sorry–I’m just proud of her, that’s all. [Read more…]