Welcome to the APHORISTIC PHILOSOPHY of
THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS
by John O’Loughlin of Centretruths Digital Media
The entire text of which can be accessed via the links below the following video and introduction:-
Unlike Literature and the Intercardinal Axial Compass and several of those titles 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 (2005), 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! - John O'Loughlin.
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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 had initially returned to Ireland with her daughter upon the death of her Aldershot-based husband 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 put into care 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, where he ultimately became a sixth-form prefect. Upon leaving high school 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 up to London and went on, via two short-lived jobs, one of which was at Ivor Mairants Music Centre on Rathbone Place, 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 English and History A Levels at Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, where he was then living, he returned to his former job in the West End but, due to a combination of personal factors, not the least of which had to do with the depressing consequences of an enforced return to north London, he 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, during which time he added some computer-related NVQs to his other qualifications, 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) Maximum Truth (1993), The Soul of Being (1998), Point Omega Point (2002), The Dialectics of Synthetic Attraction (2004), The Centre of Truth (2009), Musings of a Superfluous Man (2011) and, more recently, Atoms and Pseudo-Atoms (2014) and The Black Notebooks (2015). John O'Loughlin is a life-long bachelor who, more from accident than design, has lived at various addresses in the north London borough of Haringey since 1974.
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