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Welcome to the MULTIGENRE PHILOSOPHY of

THE WILL TO TRUTH

by John O’Loughlin of Centretruths Digital Media

 

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My main philosophical project of 1983 combines dialogues and essays with aphorisms and maxims in a four-part volume of which essays form by far the greater proportion.  However, nine dialogues is no mean undertaking, and they range from subjects as diverse - albeit interrelated - as the freeing of art from mundane attachments as it evolves from pagan to transcendental times; the distinction between Jews and Israelis; the development of awareness at the expense of emotion in art; the moral implications of sexual sublimation; the evolutionary struggle from gravity to curved space; the development of religion from the personal to the universal; the nature of petty-bourgeois art; the possibility of denominational progress in Western religion; and the apotheosis of the 'universal man'.  Such, then, is the scope of Part One, while Part Two, not surprisingly, enlarges upon many of the subjects first broached in the dialogues, as well as introduces a number of new ones, including the main distinction between Christianity and Transcendentalism; the psychology of swearers; the irrelevance of punishment to a transcendental society; architectural and sartorial relationships to gravity both upwards and downwards; understanding Jazz in relation to other types of modern music; the distinction between philosophy and pseudo-philosophy; and the nature of ultimate music.  Originally intended as a sort of sequel to the above, Parts Three and Four move us on and up from the phenomenal realm of dialogues and essays to what I like to think of as the noumenal realm of aphorisms and maxims, in which the will is at one with the truth it strives to convey through the most concise means and is, if not Truth itself, then at any rate certainly highly truthful!  Subjects treated here include the relation between sexuality and dress; the nature of the self; the significance of Israel; the role and nature of worship in popular religion; poetry verses philosophy; the evolution of the arts; the metaphysics of modern music; the psyche; God; ideology; and gender.  Although The Will to Truth, standing at opus 30 in a 122-opus oeuvre mostly dedicated to works of an aphoristic philosophical nature, should not be taken for the Truth, meaning, I suppose, total metaphysical insight, it signifies a significant stage on the road to my achievement, in due course, of greater degrees of philosophical truth, and is arguably more radical than anything preceding it in this field! – John O’Loughlin.

 

CONTENTS

THE FREEING OF ART

OF JEWS AND ISRAELIS

FEELING AND AWARENESS

RELATIVE PERVERSION

FROM GRAVITY TO CURVED SPACE

FROM THE PERSONAL TO THE UNIVERSAL

PETTY-BOURGEOIS ART

RELIGIOUS EVOLUTION

AN ULTIMATE UNIVERSALITY

FUTURE RELIGIOUS PROGRESS

THE EVOLUTION OF ART

HUMAN EXTREMES

POST-ATOMIC PROGRESS

TWO APPROACHES TO SALVATION

AN ABSOLUTE ASPIRATION

CONCERNING SWEARERS

THE FUTURE ABSOLUTE

TWO TYPES OF CRITICISM

BETWEEN TWO GRAVITIES

UNDERSTANDING JAZZ

PHILOSOPHY - GENUINE AND PSEUDO

THE ULTIMATE MUSIC

ON SEXUALITY

ON THE SELF

ON RACISM AND ANTI-TRIBALISM

ON RELIGION

ON LITERATURE

ON THE ARTS

ON JAZZ

ON THE PSYCHE

ON GOD AND EVOLUTION

ON BEING AND DOING

ON IDEOLOGY

ON SEX AND GENDER

 

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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 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 piano exam, he eventually became responsible for booking examination venues. After a brief flirtation with Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, where he had enrolled to study English and History, 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 (Hornsey YMCA) 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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