Ockham's Razor - A Season in France in Search of Meaning by Wade Rowland

By Wade Rowland

A highway journey in France might be many stuff. This one comprises a couple of precocious kids, a meditative writer motive on imprinting the various worthier features of French civilization on their still-malleable minds, and his indulgent, level-headed spouse. Seizing an unforeseen chance to mix relatives shuttle with a few studious study into medieval France, the author and his relations embark from Paris on a course that takes them via Versailles, excursions, Chartres, Lyon, Carcasonne, Toulouse, Avignon, Dijon and issues among.

Along the way in which they immerse themselves in France's wealthy medieval historical past, eventually exploring the fabulous mountain-top ruins of the mysterious and romantic spiritual sect referred to as the Cathars, within the country’s severe south. From cheese and charcuterie to landmark motels to Michelin-starred eating places; from Aristotle, and Thomas Aquinas to Descartes and Magritte, Rowland blends the adventurous family's trip reports with an astute and interesting exam of a few of our private assumptions concerning the nature of fact and our dating to the world.

Rolling alongside again roads of their trusty rented Peugeot; in crusader castles and feudal dungeons; in bistros and supermarchés; in a borrowed kingdom farmhouse, in a sumptuous cave-dwelling in Vouvray, relations discussions flip to the area view of medieval Europe, a procedure of suggestion and conception considerably various from our personal. Suspecting that the Enlightenment and Reformation tossed out the newborn of ethical sure bet with the bathwater of hypocrisy and superstition, Rowland argues that glossy values, derived from fundamentalist technology and rationalism, have diminished people to alienated objects—human assets, or worse, human capital.

Reviewers have in comparison Ockham's Razor to either Peter Mayle's A 12 months in Provence and Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the paintings of bike upkeep. it truly is in reality a distinct mixing of philosophical hypothesis with a fascinating and sometimes funny trip narrative that's either genuine and hugely imaginitive. Its head could be within the clouds either actually and figuratively, yet its ft are planted firmly in daily realities of the trendy international and its demanding situations from relations dynamics to international meltdown.

Ranked between Canada's top literary reporters, Wade Davies Rowland has produced greater than a dozen books on matters starting from tv journalism and arranged crime, to overseas environmental legislations, to his present matters which come with the social effect of verbal exchange applied sciences, the philosophy of technology, and the assets of human values.

His writing is usually educated through his event as a newspaper reporter and tv author and manufacturer, and senior govt with either CTV, Canada's biggest deepest tv community and CBC, the nation's public broadcaster. at the present time, Rowland is an affiliate Professor within the division of conversation reports at Toronto's York college, the place he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes within the ethics of conversation. His scholarly paintings has seemed in a few educational journals.

Rowland's first paintings on his departure from company media and go back to writing was once "Spirit of the internet: The Age of data from Telegraph to Internet", which chronicles the historical past of conversation applied sciences and their effect on civilization. it really is at the moment in its 3rd edition.

In Ockham's Razor, Rowland addresses problems with fairness, justice, caliber, and human dignity via a trip narrative during which the writer and his kinfolk take a highway journey via France which culminates in an exploration of the storied Cathar ruins in Languedoc, France.

His most modern books pursue questions of the assets of human values from various views: "Greed, Inc.: Why businesses Rule Our World", an exploration of the character of the fashionable enterprise company; and "Galileo’s Mistake" at the old dispute among Galileo and the Catholic Church.

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