COLLECTED ESSAYS (1979-84)

 

Welcome to the COLLECTED ESSAYS (1979-84) of

A KNOWLEDGEABLE APPROACH TO TRUTH

&

     A TRUTHFUL APPROACH TO KNOWLEDGE

by John O'Loughlin of Centretruths Digital Media

 

 

Links to the files of which follow the brief introduction below:-

 

This collection of essays is taken from a variety of projects, including (besides essays) volumes composed of dialogues, aphorisms and/or maxims which I wrote between 1979 and 1984, and is representative of a comparatively early phase of my philosophical development, when my struggle towards truth was still in the shadow, as it were, of knowledge and hence of a massive if not voluminous presentation.  The subject-matter ranges widely between mostly cultural, social, and political subjects, but gradually narrows down towards a specific ideological stance which I have equated with Social Transcendentalism and thus with a kind of ultimate politico-religious orientation which is less concerned with man than with his hypothetical future transmutation towards what has been called the post-Human Millennium, a period in time or, rather, eternity when man is superseded and effectively transcended by that which stands closer to the godly if not, in a profounder sense, to God per se and therefore to a higher and more radical order of godliness than anything that has obtained before.  Such, in a nutshell, is the drift of this chronological collection of essays, which set me on the road towards my post-essayistic writings and to the eventual aphoristic apotheosis of my development as a writer of philosophical-cum-theosophical works. - John O'Loughlin.

 

CONTENTS

 

CLASSIC AND DECADENT LITERATURE

 

MUSIC IN THE WESTERN WORLD

 

AN OUTLINE OF TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION

 

PARTIAL KNOWLEDGE

 

URBAN STERILITY AND THE MODERN SOUL

 

THE FALL OF LOVE

 

THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE

 

THE ESSENTIAL GOAL

 

MEANS BEFORE ENDS

 

POST-EGOCENTRIC ART

 

NATURAL SEX AND ARTIFICIAL SEX

 

CONFESSIONS OF AN ATHEIST

 

THE LITERARY REVOLUTION

 

MUSIC IN AN AGE OF TRANSITION

 

HISTORICAL ANALOGIES

 

THE WAY OF EVOLUTION

 

FUTURE TRANSFORMATIONS

 

IRISH AND ENGLISH

 

A TEASING PARADOX

 

MILLENNIAL THOUGHTS

 

POST-DUALISTIC SEXUALITY

 

TOWARDS A TRUE EQUALITY

 

CONCERNING TRANSCENDENTALISM

 

MUSICAL TRANSFORMATIONS

 

SAFEGUARDING FREEDOM

 

PROTONS AND ELECTRONS

 

TWO KINDS OF DEPENDENCE

 

MATERIALISTS AND SPIRITUALISTS

 

LITERARY DEVELOPMENTS

 

TRANSITIONAL LITERATURES

 

A SECOND COMING

 

TRUE MESSIAHS AND FALSE MESSIAHS

 

ANTITHETICAL EQUIVALENTS

 

WITHERING OF THE STATE

 

CHRISTIAN PAGANS

 

TRANSVALUATIONS

 

FUTURE RELIGIOUS PROGRESS

 

THE EVOLUTION OF ART

 

HUMAN EXTREMES

 

POST-ATOMIC PROGRESS

 

TWO APPROACHES TO SALVATION

 

AN ABSOLUTE ASPIRATION

 

CONCERNING SWEARERS

 

THE FUTURE ABSOLUTE

 

TWO TYPES OF CRITICISM

 

BETWEEN TWO GRAVITIES

 

UNDERSTANDING JAZZ

 

PHILOSOPHY - GENUINE AND PSEUDO

 

THE ULTIMATE MUSIC

 

A FEUDAL PROTOTYPE

 

SEXUAL EVOLUTION

 

A ZIGZAGGING PROGRESSION

 

FROM THE BARBAROUS TO THE CIVILIZED

 

TOWARDS AN ABSOLUTELY FREE-ELECTRON LITERATURE

 

TOWARDS AN ABSOLUTE ARCHITECTURE

 

EVOLUTIONARY SPECTRA

 

NEW BEGINNINGS - OLD ENDINGS

 

THE RISE OF THEOCRATIC CENTRISM

 

All files Copyright © 1979-2012 John O’Loughlin

 

 

 

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Other philosophy websites by the author include:-

LOPSIDED CONVERSATIONS & FLOPSIDED CONVERSATIONS

DAWN OF THE LIFE

 

TEXT LINKS

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The Centretruths eBook Catalogue

Guestbook

 

Email: john-oloughlin@centretruths.co.uk

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

John O’Loughlin was born in Salthill, Galway, the Republic of Ireland, of mixed Irish- and British-born parents in 1952. Following a parental split he was brought to England by his mother and grandmother (who had initially returned to Ireland with her daughter upon the death of her Aldershot-based husband after a lengthy marital absence) in the mid-50s and subsequently attended schools in Aldershot and, upon 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 CSEs (Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCEs (General Certificate of Education), including history and music, he moved 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, where he eventually became responsible for booking ABRSM examination venues throughout the British Isles. After a brief flirtation with further education at Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, he returned to his former job in the West End but, due to a combination of factors, left the Associated Board in 1976 and began to pursue a literary vocation which, despite a brief spell as a computer-cum-office-skills tutor at Hornsey YMCA in the late '80s and early '90s, he has steadfastly continued with ever since. His novels include Changing Worlds (1976), An Interview Reviewed (1979), Secret Exchanges (1980), Sublimated Relations (1981), and Deceptive Motives (1981). Since the mid-80s Mr O'Loughlin has dedicated himself to philosophy, which he regards as his true literary vocation, and has penned more than seventy titles of a philosophical nature, including Devil and God (1985-6), Towards the Supernoumenon (1987), Elemental Spectra (1988-9), Philosophical Truth (1991-2) and, more recently, The Best of All Possible Worlds (2008), The Centre of Truth (2009), Insane but not Mad (2011) and Philosophic Flights of Poetic Fancy (2012).

 

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