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Welcome to the LITERARY FICTION of

A SELFISH MAN

by John O’Loughlin of Centretruths Digital Media

 

Links to the files of which follow the brief video and text introductions below:-

 

 

Another volume of short prose in which a number of my principal philosophical themes are recycled in literary guise for the benefit of a wider understanding, A Selfish Man begins with the title piece, a first-person narrative by an advocate of spiritual selfishness, and winds its way through fifteen other examples of my art in this field, culminating in a section of interior monologues which features twelve different thinkers who successively elaborate on their likes and dislikes from a similar ideological standpoint, thereby establishing a unity of mind which transcends their phenomenal differences.  In between these two extremes there are varying amounts of unity and disunity between the characters, but all are caught in the throes of a vigorous philosophical debate.  For here, as in other kindred works, action is subordinate to thought, whether we are dealing with a drive to the cinema, a couple watching television, reflections on a soapbox orator, a clandestine affair, or the vicissitudes of a revolutionary politician.  Sometimes the characters have names, sometimes not.  Sometimes they are a fairly transparent projection of me, at other times a degree of fictional objectivity has gone into their fashioning.  Whatever the case, A Selfish Man, dating from 1983, bears ample witness to this philosopher-artist's search for literary perfection through thought. - John O'Loughlin.

 

CONTENTS

 

A SELFISH MAN

 

SEX IN THE HEAD

 

VISUAL EXPERIENCES

 

CLASS DISTINCTIONS

 

WORLDS WITHIN WORLDS

 

SPIRITUAL LEADERS

 

TWO KINDS OF STRENGTH

 

BETWEEN TWO EXTREMES

 

RELATIVITY

 

REVOLUTIONARY REVELATIONS

 

POLAR ATTRACTIONS

 

UNDERSTANDING BUREAUCRACY

 

A THINKER AT LARGE

 

RELATIVE DISTINCTIONS

 

DOING IT ALONE

 

TWELVE THINKERS

 

All  files Copyright © 1983-2011 John O’Loughlin

 

 

 

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Other prose websites by the author include:-

FROM THE DEVIL TO GOD

DREAM COMPROMISE

MILLENNIAL PROJECTIONS

 

TEXT LINKS

 

A SELFISH MAN (PDF-derived paperback version)

John O'Loughlin's Wordpress Space

Centretruths on Wordpress.com

Centretruths Clickbank Literature Catalogue
Guestbook

 

Email: john-oloughlin@centretruths.co.uk

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

John O’Loughlin was born in Salthill, Galway, the Republic of Ireland, of Irish- and British-born parents in 1952. Following a parental split partly due to his mother's Aldershot origins (her father, a Presbyterian from Donegal, had served in the British Army), he was brought to England by his mother and grandmother (who upon the death of her husband had initially returned to Ireland after a lengthy marital absence from Athenry) in the mid-50s and, having had the benefit of private tuition from a Catholic priest, subsequently attended St. Joseph's and St. George's RC schools in Aldershot, Hants, and, with an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant in consequence of having been sent to a children's home by his mother upon the death and repatriation of his grandmother, he went on to attend first Barrow Hedges Primary School in Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, and then Carshalton High School for Boys. Upon leaving the latter 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 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, with some prior experience himself of having sat and passed (with merit) an ABRSM Gd.4 piano exam, he eventually became responsible for booking examination venues throughout Britain and Ireland. After a brief flirtation with Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, where he had enrolled to do English and History A Levels, he returned to his former job in the West End but, due to a combination of personal factors, handed in his notice at the Associated Board in 1976 and began to pursue a literary vocation which, despite a brief spell as a computer tutor at Hornsey Management Agency 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 almost exclusively 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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