Of A Bound Genius

by John O’Loughlin of Centretruths Digital Media


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Stemming in large measure from The Free Testament of a Bound Genius (2003), this title - which as Revelationary Afterthoughts purposely avoids ‘revelatory’, the standard adjective, in favour of a pun-like approximation to ‘revolutionary’, the adjectival aspect of the succeeding project - restates in greater detail many of the principal contentions of my recent philosophy and arrives at some new conclusions which render it all the more logically unassailable and entitled to be regarded as the criterion by which not only contemporary morality, but the distinction between morality and immorality, the light and the dark, should be judged, even if this does mean that some or many of one's treasured illusions should ultimately be discarded, in order that the light of truth may shine through in as unimpeded and unequivocal a way as possible.  Frankly, I had no idea, when I tentatively began this particular project, that it would blossom into what is unquestionably the most eloquent and comprehensively exacting presentation of my philosophy so far, a presentation that has the right to be called ‘revelationary’, or revelatory of metaphysical truth, in that much of what it reveals is so compellingly cogent, not to say revolutionary, as to be positively divine, the divine revelations of a thinker who knows the difference between God and the Devil, but does not make the reductionist mistake of conceiving of history, much less life, as a struggle between Good and Evil when all the philosophical evidence points to the conclusion that good [the lower case is intentional] is merely the relative counterpart of Evil and no more than a just retort to something which, epitomizing vanity, is not merely antithetical to anything godly, but the principal obstacle to the salvation of the sinful to that which, gracefully transcending the world, is as far removed from any such struggle as it is possible to imagine, yet not, on that account, indifferent to the plight of the meek! – John O’Loughlin.




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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 had initially returned to Ireland with her Aldershot-born daughter 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 in Sutton. Upon leaving the latter in pre-GCSE era 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 proceeded, 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, left the Associated Board in 1976 and began to pursue a literary vocation which, despite a brief spell as a computer and 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), Cross-Purposes (1979), Logan's Influence (1980), Sublimated Relations (1981), and False Pretences (1982). 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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