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Ockham’s Razor: A Season in France in Search of Meaning

Ockham's Razor book by Canadian author Wade Rowland
Ockham's Razor by Canadian author Wade Rowland

A search for human values and meaning at the millennium, Ockham’s Razor is a brilliant travel narrative that mixes philosophical speculation with commentary about the food, architecture and art of France.

From Plato, Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas to Descartes, Magritte and the Internet, Wade Rowland examines some of our deepest assumptions about the nature of reality and our relationship to the world.

In the summer of 1997, Rowland, an expert on technology and the new media, and in many respects disillusioned with the hyper-reality of North American culture, took his family to visit medieval historical sites throughout Southern France as a way of searching for authenticity.

In Ockham’s Razor he speculates on the world view of the middle ages, a highly evolved system of thought and perception radically different from our own, and argues that efficiency is an engineering goal that reduces human beings to material objects. Such debasement causes human alienation, which is the defining condition of our age. This is very much a book for our age.

“A titanic struggle engaged the Church throughout the first fifteen hundred years of its existence and beyond. Indeed it lasted from the time of St. Augustine up to the ultimate decisive battle with the forces of materialism as championed by Galileo and Newton.

It was an epic struggle against the objectification of the material world, and the resultant alienation of man from God. It was a contest between two fundamentally different ways of understanding our place in the universe and it reached a climax in the slow transformation of the Age of Faith into the Age of Reason.” – Excerpted from Ockham’s Razor

Publication Date: January 2, 2012
ISBN/EAN13: 1467922854 / 9781467922852
Page Count: 264
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6″ x 9″
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Travel / Europe / France / Cathars / Philosophy / French Cuisine

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