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This substantial collection of essays, dialogues, notational aphorisms and maxims, originally dating from 1983-4 but revised 2019, is largely the reverse, in formal terms, of The Will to Truth, its philosophical precursor, inasmuch as its first part is essayistic and its second part entirely comprised of dialogues, thereby again bringing these two forms into harmony or, at any rate, close juxtaposition. Here, as before, the essays constitute the main aspect of the work, and they are once again conceived within the protective umbrella of a uniform ideology - namely the Social Transcendentalism which John O'Loughlin had been building towards in his earlier works, but which here comes to something approaching ideological fruition.Thus, whatever the subject, it is treated from a uniform ideological standpoint, the standpoint of a socially transcendent outlook on life, and this even when he is not consciously aware of the fact. Such an outlook is beyond humanism and all other worldly ideologies, whether of the left or the right, having to do with evolutionary striving towards a 'divine kingdom' which is, in a special centre-orientated sense, centrist in character. Yet this 'divine kingdom' does not follow death, as we customarily understand it, but presupposes the ordering of society according to certain idealistic principles designed to free mankind from its atomic past and indeed from itself, since the final outcome can only be supra-human in character. - A Centretruths editorial
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About the Author
John James O'Loughlin was born in Galway City, County Galway, the Republic of Ireland, of Irish- and British-born parents in 1952. Following a parental split while still a child, he was brought to England by his mother and grandmother (who had initially returned to Ireland with intent to stay) in the mid-50s and subsequently attended schools in Aldershot (Hampshire), and, following the death and repatriation of his grandmother, Carshalton Beeches (Surrey), where, despite an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant in consequence of having been put into care by his mother, he attended a state school. Graduating in 1970 with an assortment of CSE's (Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCE's (General Certificate of Education), including history and music, he moved the comparatively short distance up to London and went on, via two short-lived jobs, to work at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Bedford Square, WC1, where he eventually became responsible, as a clerical officer, for booking examination venues. After a brief flirtation with Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, where he had enrolled to study history, he returned to his former job in the West End but retired from the ABRSM in 1976 due to a combination of factors, and began to dedicate himself to writing, which, despite a brief spell as a computer tutor at Hornsey Management Agency in the late '80s and early '90s, he has continued with ever since. His novels include Changing Worlds (1976), Cross-Purposes (1979), Thwarted Ambitions (1980), Sublimated Relations (1981), and Deceptive Motives (1982). From the mid-80s Mr O'Loughlin more or less exclusively dedicated himself to philosophy, his true literary vocation, and has penned more than sixty titles of a philosophical order, including Devil and God - The Omega Book (1985-6), Towards the Supernoumenon (1987), Elemental Spectra (1988-9), and Philosophical Truth (1991-2). John O'Loughlin lives in Crouch End, north London, England, UK, where he continues to regard himself as a kind of bohemian intellectual.