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Synopses of Literary Works 2006-14 by John O'Loughlin

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Opus 123

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i>OPUS POSTSCRIPTUM1: This is simply bonus material dating from the autumn of 2005 and extending into July 2006 that was drafted in standard word processor and subsequently copied to one of my blog sites for enlargement or revision.  Less aphoristic in character, as befitting my general approach to weblogs, it is nevertheless highly philosophical in its treatment of a variety of subjects common to the oeuvre-proper and should stand as icing on the cake, so to speak, of my journeys to the centre of truth.

 

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Opus 124

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i>OPUS POSTSCRIPTUM2: No sooner had I finished the above than I began working on what was to become a second volume of aphoristically supernotational writings which, reversing the transcription process began above, takes my philosophy a step or two further towards what would now seem to be a definitive position in which everything is known about everything and nothing remains to be added to the oeuvre, not even on a supplementary basis such that I am happy to consider a fitting postscript.  Incidentally, the ‘icing on the cake’ alluded to in the previous synopsis is also a fair metaphor for what transpires here, albeit the cake … of my oeuvre in general … is decidedly round and therefore anything but square, still less rectangular or elliptical in shape.  It not only deals in metaphysics but brings metaphysics and an understanding of correlative factors to an all-time peak such that should confirm my pre-eminent status as one of the greatest thinkers of all time and certainly as the foremost thinker of my own age.

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Opus 125

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i>PHILOSOPHICAL RUMINATIONS: Originally drawn from a variety of lesser blog sites and subsequently enhanced at a new one, these aphoristic essays complement the above volumes and could almost be regarded as constituting Vol.3.  However, I decided to keep it separate in view of its final derivation being from a different blog site than the two volumes of 'Opus Postscriptum', and some of the material may already have been broached.  Much of it, however, is fresh, and it achieves an intensification of the definitiveness to which my works have laid claim for some considerable period of time now.  In fact, it would be difficult to conceive of anything ever being more definitive as far as the holding together of disparate material drawn from all points of the intercardinal axial compass is concerned.  Everything has its place, and can be known and judged accordingly.

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Opus 126

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i>THEOSOPHICAL ILLUMINATIONS: With this volume of ‘aphoristic essays’ derived, like the two volumes of 'Opus Postscriptum', from my blog site at spweblog.com, I have returned to a more systematic approach to philosophizing which definitely advances the ideological philosophy of Social Transcendentalism and/or Social Theocracy a rung or two further up the ladder of metaphysical ascent, not least in respect of its sense of being theosophically superior to anything purely or merely philosophical (not that the majority of works in ‘Journeys to the Centre of Truth’’ ever were!).

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Opus 127

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i>BEYOND TRUTH AND ILLUSION: Also derived from the above blogsite, where they were originally volume two of ‘aphoristic essays’, this volume of metaphysical philosophy, or theosophy-proper, brings my quest for metaphysical perfection to a close, as it enlarges on and/or corrects some of the material contained in the above title, as well as adds some fresh ideas and new perspectives, deriving from our by-now standard  intercardinal axial template, to what has already been achieved.  The title is largely self-explanatory but is also intended to stand as a contrast to my first-ever volume of philosophy, BETWEEN TRUTH AND ILLUSION; Nevertheless that particular volume of philosophical writings, which in contrast to the material here could be described as being largely comprised of aphoristic essays, was to set the stage for everything that has followed, and I can safely claim to have finally reached my life’s goal with BEYOND TRUTH AND ILLUSION and to have climbed to the top rung of my ladder of philosophical-theosophical Social Theocratic ascent, the final journey to the centre of truth.

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Opus 128

 

i>LITERATURE AND THE INTERCARDINAL AXIAL COMPASS: This is yet a further collection of revised and reformatted weblogs taken from a variety of sites where I had written material of a philosophical nature that actually post-dates, by several months, the previous collection listed above.  Therefore one would have to regard this as containing material which in most instances either goes beyond what was achieved before or adds new subjects or, at any rate, a fresh or revised approach to a variety of subjects which may not have been dealt with in quiet such a systematic or well-nigh definitive manner previously.  Another thing that most definitely distinguishes this project from the above is that I was far more methodically aphoristic in my approach to the reformatting of material that, in weblog form, was virtually essayistic and therefore unworthy, as far as I am concerned, of a properly metaphysical connotation – something, incidentally, that also applies to the italic-writerly presentation of ‘the word’ which, as here, leaves the printerly norms of weblogging far behind and thus stands as a further justification for my having reformatted previously published material in a way that would be commensurate with the best of my writings and with all that I, as a self-taught metaphysical philosopher, morally and intellectually stand for.

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Opus 129

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i>THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS: Unlike the above title and several of those preceding it, this is not a revised and reformatted compilation of philosophical weblogs but, on the contrary, an actual e-book written into a notebook and then transcribed to computer, so that it is the first – and probably last – of its kind since at least JESUS - A SUMMING UP, and does more summing up, as well as extending and completing, my philosophy than even the aforementioned text, with its allusion to Koestler’s book of a similar name.  In this case, the ‘best of all possible worlds’ is decidedly metaphysical and pseudo-metachemical and therefore germane to what I would call ‘Kingdom Come’, even if an appreciation of this requires an understanding of everything else, whether contrary to or beneath it, in order that one may be left in no doubt about the desirability, from a metaphysical standpoint, of such a perfect world.  We have dreamed of it for centuries, if not millennia, but it is only now that the possibility of actually turning the dream into reality can be seriously undertaken in the sure knowledge of what is required and of why its requirement is so important, both morally and socially.  With THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS I can confidently say that I have reached the culmination point of my oeuvre and achieved my philosophical goal in what is arguably the best of all (my) possible texts!

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Opus 130

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i>THE QUEST FOR TRUTH: Subtitled 'And the Meaning of Life', this project derives from a series of weblogs I originally published at Helium.com under the alias 'johalin', and subsequently revised and reformatted in the interests of both escroll (as here) and ebook publication, the latter of course signifying a 'printerly' descent from an 'italic-writerly' metaphysical norm. That said, this collection of revised weblogs both ante-dates and post-dates material contained in the above title, 'The Best of All Possible Worlds', since some of it was written earlier in 2008, although the majority of its contents, or effective aphorisms, were actually written in 2009, with material that seems to extend beyond previous texts or simply, as so often in the past, to correct or modify existing material, sometimes filling in one or two blanks. All the titles of this project were taken from available options at Helium.com, but I think I am probably unique in saying that I would approach them from what I had already written locally, on my PC, and simply uploaded to the blog host once I had found what appeared to be a suitable title. None of the titles, however, are what I would have chosen myself, which is one of the ways in which this project differs from all of my earlier compilations of revised and reformatted weblogs. Yet these aphorisms were also 'farmed out' to other blog sites, where I was free to choose a title, and usually the results were more reflective of the contents - never particularly easy to peg down to one heading - than is arguably the case here, with this final such collection. Nevertheless, the contents are, for the most part, philososphically cogent and incontrovertibly true, which is to say, logically sustainable. Everything finally adds up, as it should do if one is to rest assured of one's reputation, no matter how self-appointed, as 'philosopher king'.

 

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Opus 131

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i>THE CENTRE OF TRUTH: If anything sounds like a definitive title it is this one, which is the last in a series of reformatted and revised weblogs, in this case of material hosted by Anoox.com under the alias yaholin, and now available in both escroll and ebook formats for the sake of enhanced appreciation. Certainly I have managed to wrap up my philosophy in this 2009 package, and anyone who really desires enlightenment on the subjects of God, Heaven, Truth, etc., should have no difficulty in finding confirmation here of my long and difficult journey to Truth or, more to the point, the 'Centre of Truth', which is its vindication and ultimate resolution.

 

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Opus 132

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i>MY SOUL ON ICE: This project combines autobiographical with philosophical material in such a way as to harmonize with my customary approach to anything remotely resembling an autobiography which, as on previous occasions, could not materialize were it not for my ongoing or, in this instance, definitive commitment to philosophy, which has always been my raison d’ętre for writing and therefore justification for anything else, including autobiography.  In this, the third such project, the combination of the two approaches to literature is brought to a veritable apotheosis, and it would be no surprise if this paradoxically turned out to be my last literary hurrah – a fitting climax to a brilliant vocation.

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Opus 133

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i>BOLD AND ECLECTIC: This project also combines autobiographical with philosophical material in such a way as to harmonize with my customary approach to anything remotely resembling an autobiography which, as on previous occasions (see above), couldn't have materialized were it not for my ongoing or, in this instance, well-nigh definitive commitment to philosophy, which has always been my raison d’ętre for writing in the first place and therefore justification for everything else, including autobiography, so that I am, in many respects, the opposite of, say, Henry Miller, the great American autobiographical writer and sometime philosopher.  In this, the fourth of such projects, the combination of the twin approaches to literature is brought to a veritable climax, and it would be no surprise to me if this work transpired to being my last literary venture – a fitting climax to a literary vocation without precedent and unlikely to be superseded.

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Opus 134

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i>INSANE BUT NOT MAD: All the titles in this collection of revised and reformatted weblogs were originally hosted by a number of blog sites, including, most especially, Wordpress.com, and date from 2011. As usual I have been careful to ensure that the original chronology of weblogs has been, so far as possible, replicated, so that one can proceed through the material with a growing sense of continuity and even thematic enhancement, two crucial advantages of e-scroll or e-book publication over what may often appear to be the disjunctive if not chronologically unrelated nature of blogging. Even so, I have usually tended to approach weblogs from a standpoint centred in my metaphysically-oriented philosophy of Social Transcendentalism and intended, as far as possible, to achieve some kind of thematic continuity in spite of the formal limitations of blogging, and I believe that, here as in previous such compilations, I have largely succeeded in producing a body of work that not only adds up but also seems quite inter-related and even cohesive, partly, I suspect, because few of my weblogs were ever written in situ but usually derive from prior notes which I was then able to copy-in and upgrade or 'beef up', preparatory to downloading them to a local file which would subsequently serve as the basis, following revision, for a new e-scroll and/or e-book. Hopefully, this one is as good as if not better than each of the previous such texts, and it should go some way to putting the finishing touches to my overall philosophy and prove, moreover, that a man who claims to be insane is not necessarily also mad.

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Opus 135

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i>MUSINGS OF A SUPERFLUOUS MAN: All the pieces in this collection of revised and reformatted weblogs were originally hosted by Wordpress.com, and date from 2011. As usual, I have been careful to ensure that the original chronology of weblogs has been, so far as possible, replicated, so that one can proceed through the material with a growing sense of continuity and even thematic enhancement, two crucial advantages of e-scroll or e-book publication over what may often appear to be the disjunctive if not chronologically unrelated nature of blogging. Even so, I have usually tended to approach weblogs from a standpoint centred in my metaphysically-oriented philosophy of Social Transcendentalism and intended, as far as possible, to achieve some kind of thematic continuity in spite of the formal limitations of blogging, and I believe that, here as in previous such compilations, I have largely succeeded in producing a body of work that not only adds up, but also seems quite inter-related and even cohesive, partly, I suspect, because few of my weblogs were ever written in situ but, like previous such texts, usually derive from prior notes which I was then able to copy-in and upgrade or 'beef up', preparatory to downloading them to a local file which would subsequently serve as the basis, following revision, for a new e-scroll and/or e-book. Hopefully, this one is as good as if not better than each of the previous ones, including its immediate forerunner above, and it should put the finishing touches to my overall philosophy and prove, moreover, that a man who sees himself as being superfluous in and/or to one kind of society may well prove virtually indispensable to another and different kind of society which is, as yet, only latent in certain sections of the people.

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Opus 136

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i>FROM SUPERFLUOUS MAN TO SUPERMAN: All the pieces in this third collection of revised and reformatted weblogs originally hosted by Wordpress.com also date from 2011, which would seem to be a pretty productive year. As before, I have been careful to ensure that the original chronology of weblogs has been replicated, so that one can proceed through the material with a growing sense of continuity and even thematic enhancement, two crucial advantages of e-scroll or e-book publication over what may often appear to be the disjunctive if not chronologically unrelated nature of blogging. Even so, I have usually tended to approach weblogs from a standpoint centred in my metaphysically-oriented philosophy of Social Transcendentalism and intended, as far as possible, to achieve some kind of thematic continuity in spite of the formal limitations of blogging, and I believe that, here as in previous such compilations, I have largely succeeded in producing a body of work that not only adds up, but also seems quite inter-related and even cohesive, partly, I suspect, because few of my weblogs were ever written in situ but, like previous such texts, usually derive from prior notes which I was then able to copy-in and upgrade or 'beef up', preparatory to downloading them to a local file which would subsequently serve as the basis, following revision, for a new e-scroll and/or e-book. Hopefully, this one is as good as if not better than each of the previous ones, including its immediate precursor above, and may serve to prove, moreover, that a man who sees himself as being superfluous in and/or to one kind of society could well prove of superhuman and, more particularly, supermasculine significance to himself which the type of society he lives in would be unable to comprehend, much less appreciate. In this latest and hopefully final text I have achieved something akin to a personal or, rather, universal resurrection which leaves the 'superfluous man' trailing far behind in the depths of worldly despondency, as I scale new heights of metaphysical certitude that resolve the long struggle, or 'journey', towards Truth which was the original motive for everything I have since written.

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Opus 137

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i>AHEAD IN THE CLOUDS: All the pieces in this fourth collection of revised and reformatted weblogs originally hosted by Wordpress.com date from 2012, and are therefore bang up-to-date. As before, I have been careful to ensure that the original chronology of weblogs has been replicated, so that one can proceed through the material with a growing sense of continuity and even thematic enhancement, two crucial advantages of e-scroll and/or e-book publication over what may often appear to be the disjunctive if not chronologically unrelated nature of blogging. Even so, I have usually tended to approach weblogs from a standpoint centred in my metaphysically-oriented philosophy of Social Theocracy (Social Transcendentalism) and intended, as far as possible, to achieve some kind of thematic continuity in spite of the formal limitations of blogging, and I believe that, here as in previous such compilations, I have largely succeeded in producing a body of work that not only adds up, but also seems quite inter-related and even cohesive, partly, I suspect, because few if any of my weblogs were ever written in situ but, like previous such texts, usually derive from prior notes which I was then able to copy-in and upgrade or 'beef up', preparatory to downloading them to a local file which would subsequently serve as the basis, following revision, for a new e-scroll and/or e-book, as the case may be. Hopefully, this one is as good as if not better than any of the previous ones, including its immediate precursor 'From Superfluous Man to Superman', and one may gauage from its title that, in this instance, the 'Superman' is someone who regards himself as being in the metaphysical vanguard of life even when, contrary to his usual predilection for abstract thought, he has his head not only in the proverbial clouds but in the actual clouds, so to speak, of what more naturally passes for metaphysics in the sky and may well be loosely akin to the idealism of zeppelin-type airships.

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Opus 138

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i>PHILOSOPHIC FLIGHTS OF POETIC FANCY: All the pieces in this fifth collection of revised and reformatted weblogs originally hosted by Wordpress.com date, like the above, from 2012, and are therefore bang up-to-date. As before, I have been careful to ensure that the original chronology of weblogs has been replicated, so that one can proceed through the material with a growing sense of continuity and even thematic enhancement, two crucial advantages of e-scroll and/or e-book publication over what may often appear to be the disjunctive if not chronologically unrelated nature of blogging. Even so, I have usually tended to approach weblogs from a standpoint centred in my metaphysically-oriented philosophy of Social Theocracy (Social Transcendentalism) and intended, as far as possible, to achieve some kind of thematic continuity in spite of the formal limitations of blogging, and I believe that, here as in previous such compilations, I have largely succeeded in producing a body of work that not only adds up, but also seems quite inter-related and even cohesive, partly, I suspect, because few if any of my weblogs were ever written in situ but, like previous such texts, usually derive from prior notes which I was then able to copy-in and upgrade or 'beef up', preparatory to downloading them to a local file which would subsequently serve as the basis, following revision, for a new e-scroll and/or e-book, as the case may be. Hopefully, this eScroll is as good as if not better than any of the previous ones, including its immediate precursor 'Ahead in the Clouds', and one may gauage from its title that, in this instance, the 'philosophic flights' would not have been possible without a certain degree of 'poetic fancy' which acted as a springboard to those thoughts which derive more from logical reflection than from natural contemplation, whether or not the latter were infused with speculative flights of metaphysical supposition.

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Opus 139

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i>LIMITLESS: In this, the third of three books written in 2012, I have abandoned weblogs in favour of a return to a more formal, premeditated approach to composition which, not for the first time in my literary career, combines autobiography with philosophy within the context of a journal, only this time one without limits and therefore effectively limitless. I have described this journal as intermittent, since there are small gaps in the chronology of days, but that enabled me to create a chapter-like parallel in relation to those days which were consecutive or in the same month, thereby cutting down on the overall number of chapters or, more correctly, chapter equivalents. As the reader will discover, this book is also - and even primarily - a travel journal, though only within the confines of certain parts of Galway in the Republic of Ireland, which I visited again not so long ago. When, finally, I came to choosing a title, I had my first literary journal FIXED LIMITS (1976) in mind, but of course my whole approach to writing is now so different that I felt the need for an antithetical type of title was necessary and, indeed, justified by much of the content in this particular journal, which is much less fictional, overall, than the first one. As for the title, I naively assumed that it would be quite original, not knowing, at the time, that there was also a film by that name which, I am bound to say, would have little or nothing in common with this work.

 

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Opus 140

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i>RELUCTANCE: This autobiographical-cum-philosophical journal is effectively the sequel to LIMITLESS (2012), since it continues from where the previous such project leaves off, being in many respects its logical corollary. Not only is the autobiography taken beyond the situation that existed towards the close of 2012, but so, too, in a number of ways is the philosophy, so that one gets a fuller perspective on both the subjective and objective, the personal and vocational aspects of the writer's life that both complements and resolves the subject matter of its prequel, taking it to a new level in a similar, albeit stylistically different, vein to the way that FIXED LIMITS (1976) went beyond CHANGING WORLDS (1976) and somehow resolved many of its outstanding issues, since effectively existing within the context of a 'changed world' from that in which its principal character, Michael Savage, who was of course modelled on myself, had previously lived. So, too, in RELUCTANCE do I find myself existing in a different social situation and even mileu from that in which LIMITLESS was written, though whether or not it marks an improvement, given the justifications adduced for my reluctance to write, is a debatable point, and one which the reader will have to decide for himself, much as one would like to think that, even with all the grounds adduced in the text for being reluctant, I have rarely written anything eschatologically and ontologically better or more credibly profound within the general framework of my ideological philosophy of Social Theocracy.

 

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Opus 141

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i>RESERVATIONS IN ORANGE AND GREEN: The only reason there is an orange notebook 3 and not a green notebook 3 in this literary project having markedly philosophical overtones is that the first orange notebook was already over two-thirds full with previous literary material when I began to use it for this project, and that, since I wanted a balance, as far as possible, between the green and orange notebooks, both in terms of length and amount and quality of material contained within each of them, I opted to fill about two-thirds of a third orange notebook in my possession in order to compensate for the comparative brevity of the first notebook, thereby presenting the reader with approximately as much orange notebook material overall as green notebook material, but without any intention of suggesting a bias towards the orange at the expense of the green simply on account of the partially-filled additional orange notebook. The results, overall, are pretty interchangeable, in any case, since I did not consciously attempt to think or write, from an Irish standpoint, in a more 'green' way with the green notebooks or in a more 'orange' way with the orange ones, even if sometimes a bias towards one or the other tendency could be inferred. What I wanted, and I believe achieved, was a framework that allowed me to think and write freely without undue concessions to either colour (or ethnicity), and somehow I succeeded, even at this late stage in my literary vocation, in both correcting a fairly long-standing philosophic error of logic (which need not be addressed here, since it will become fairly self-evident later on) and extending my philosophy to embrace an entirely new perspective which I believe to be of seminal importance in both understanding and defining contemporary civilization as an extension of Western civilization, whether or not one relates to it or has any ancestral connections with it. And I have achieved all this within a relatively short project, one which transcends the conventional printerly book bias towards volume, not to say mass, in the interests of aphoristic brevity and metaphysical credibility within a literary framework more suited, I believe, to eBook publication on the Internet, not to say to philosophical truth, even with other considerations, often of a quite literary and even entertaining nature, that had to be considered along the largely time/pseudo-space way in which the subject of 'reservations', amounting to the thematic leitmotif of this project, was duly investigated from a number of angles in both the orange and green notebooks, with a view to enhancing my understanding of what it means to be 'reserved'.

 

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Opus 142

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i>CHRISTMAS IN THE DOGHOUSE: The title of this 142nd Opus in my oeuvre references both Christmas and, less obviously, the American informal expression of being in disfavour, so has nothing to do with kennels or dogs. Then, too, this title is more applicable to only one of the chapters or numbered sections in this project, namely the last one which, in contrast to all of the others, is a kind of excursion, rare for me these days, into short prose or, if you prefer, into the fictional realm of short stories, albeit on terms that derive from an actual situation that occurred several decades ago when I was still a boy in care and had not yet begun to make my own way in the world. So, with that said, I can honestly state that this project, like most of the preceding ones, is mostly aphoristic philosophy, albeit of a sort that I would hope was unique to me and to my approach to literature of a philosophical nature. Those looking for either an extension of or a modification to certain logical or thematic aspects of my overall philosophy (of Social Theocracy and/or Transcendentalism) will not be disappointed. Nor will anyone who, mindful of poetic tendencies characterizing a few of my previous works, doesn't mind the occasional departure from philosophical logic into fantasy or something approximating poetic licence. And for those who like a little autobiography, whether personal or circumstantial, well, there is that, too. So, all in all, this work should not disappoint but, rather, serve to enhance my reputation as a philosophical artist par excellence.

 

 

Opus 143

 

i>THE FOURFOLD COMPOSITION OF ELEMENTS AND PSEUDO-ELEMENTS IN AXIAL PERSPECTIVE: Even by my own structurally exacting standards this is an exceptionally demanding work, the logical comprehensiveness of which matches if not surpasses the best of what I have done in the past, with the benefit of a number of theoretical modifications brought to bear on the overall Element-derived frameworks which, as suggested by the title, encompass both subatomic elements as hegemonic factors and pseudo-subatomic pseudo-elements as subordinate factors in any given pairing, or complementarity, that may be presumed to exist in axial polarity with either a noumenalor a phenomenal, an ethereal or a corporeal, counterpart within both church-hegemonic and state-hegemonic parameters. But the conclusions arrived at in this work are only the end-product, as it were, of much formative and speculative material which led to them, and it was during the earlier phases of its construction that, not altogether surprisingly, the writing was most discursive and, frankly, open to a variety of literary avenues, including material of an autobiographical and poetical nature that helped to give the text a certain literary openness which should prove as intriguing to the general reader as to those whose orientation is philosophical but who like their philosophy to be supplemented in such eclectic fashion, as much to preclude pretentious academicism or undue tedium as to refresh the mind and keep one wondering what is coming next. Therefore one shouldn’t be afraid of the title, because there is much here that would have absolutely nothing to do with it, and what does is logically credible enough to stand at or near the apex of my philosophical adventure.

 

 

Opus 144

 

i>ATOMS AND PSEUDO-ATOMS: Even by my own structurally-exacting standards as exemplified, not least, by the previous title THE FOURFOLD COMPOSITION OF ELEMENTS AND PSEUDO-ELEMENTS IN AXIAL PERSPECTIVE, this is an exceptionally-demanding work, the logical comprehensiveness of which actually surpasses, on a more radical basis, the best of what I have done in the past, with the benefit of a number of theoretical modifications brought to bear on the overall Element-derived fourfold frameworks which, as suggested by the title, encompass both atoms as hegemonic factors and pseudo-atoms as subordinate factors in any given pairing, or 'complementarity', which may be presumed to exist in axial polarity with either a noumenal or a phenomenal, an ethereal or a corporeal, counterpart within both church-hegemonic and state-hegemonic parameters. Frankly, the contents of this work would not have been possible without the preceding one. For this is undoubtedly the more evolved of the two, drawing conclusions which were only implicit before, in the earlier title, but which here bring my metaphysical thinking, as it were, into what must be a definitive presentation such that really does signify the metaphysical apex of my long philosophical journey that began way back in the early 1970s with my first tentative forays into literary composition. – John O’Loughlin.

 

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