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Welcome to the MULTIGENRE PHILOSOPHY of

SOCIAL TRANSCENDENTALISM –

Social Means to a Transcendent End

by John O’Loughlin of Centretruths Digital Media

 

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This collection of essays, dialogues, aphorisms and maxims, dating from 1983-84, 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 composed of dialogues, thereby again bringing these two modes of philosophical phenomenality – as opposed to the noumenality, as it were, of the aphorisms and maxims - into harmony or, at any rate, close juxtaposition.  Here, as before, the essays constitute the main part, and they are once again conceived within the protective umbrella of a uniform ideology - namely the Social Transcendentalism which I had been building towards in earlier works, but which here comes to 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 I am 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-oriented 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.  Hence in each of these essays and dialogues, not to mention the ensuing aphorisms and maxims, a Social Transcendentalist concern with godly truth is what really matters, and it is this which leads us towards the prospect of the heavenly millennium to-come.  Whether the subject happens to be art, literature, sex, politics, psychology, drugs or whatever, the emphasis on Truth from a specific ideological perspective is what lifts Social Transcendentalism beyond the sterile realm of intellectual speculation towards the potent challenge of universal freedom. – John O’Loughlin

 

CONTENTS

A FEUDAL PROTOTYPE

SEXUAL EVOLUTION

A ZIGGZAGGING 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

LITERARY DISTINCTIONS

FROM OLD BRAIN TO SUPERCONSCIOUS

DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ARTS

CORRELATIONS IN SEX AND ART

RELIGIOUS INTEGRITIES

ON EVOLUTION I

ON EVOLUTION II

ON IDEOLOGICAL SPECTRA

ON ANTITHETICAL EQUIVALENTS

ON ART

ON SEX

ON BRITAIN AND IRELAND

ON CLOTHES

ON CHURCH AND STATE

ON THE SUPRA-NATURAL

ON ROMANTICISM AND CLASSICISM

ON REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE

 

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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, quit 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 (within the YMCA buildings) 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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