Devil and God

Devil and God : The Omega Book

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Originally intended to be John O'Loughlin's last and ultimate work, this project, dealing with distinctions between the Devil and God, embraces over 250 'supernotes', his definition of which is something between an essay and an aphorism, not generally as long as the former or as short as the latter. In fact, it is the indeterminacy of this genre which most characterizes 'Devil and God', since one can proceed straight from a two-line entry to one that is several pages in length. Also significant of his definition of supernotes is the fact that they are anything but scrappy or off-the-cuff, as notes often are, but have been carefully fashioned with the attention one would give to an essay or an aphorism. They also follow a strictly determined philosophical path, not veering wildly between disparate subjects the way notebooks often do, and are subject to the sorts of evaluating and revaluating first introduced into his work with the previous title, 'Evaluations and Revaluations (1985), so that no theme is ever wholly laid to rest until it has been explored from a variety of angles and reconsidered in the light of enhanced insight. In such fashion, any project based on these supernotes will have a curvilinear inner structure which is the product of spiralling ideas, and which contrasts with the outer, book-based rectilinear structures more typical of academic or conventional philosophy. In that respect, it is effectively theosophical, using that term in a metaphysical more

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  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.75mm | 476.27g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1500492159
  • 9781500492151

About John O'Loughlin

John James O'Loughlin was born in Galway City, County Galway, the Republic of Ireland, of Irish- and British-born parents in 1952. Following a parental split while still a child, he was brought to England by his mother and grandmother (who had initially returned to Ireland with intent to stay) in the mid-50s and subsequently attended schools in Aldershot (Hampshire), and, following the death and repatriation of his grandmother, Carshalton Beeches (Surrey), where, despite an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant, he attended a state school. Graduating 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 the comparatively short distance up 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, WC1, where he eventually became responsible, as a clerical officer, for booking examination venues. After a brief flirtation with Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, where he had enrolled to study history, he returned to his former job in the West End but left the ABRSM in 1976 due to a combination of factors and began to dedicate himself to writing, which, despite a brief spell as a computer tutor at Hornsey Management Agency in the late '80s and early '90s, he has continued with ever since. His novels include Changing Worlds (1976), Cross-Purposes (1979), Thwarted Ambitions (1980), Sublimated Relations (1981), and Deceptive Motives (1982). From the mid-80s Mr O'Loughlin more or less exclusively dedicated himself to philosophy, which he regards as his true literary vocation, and has penned more than sixty titles of a philosophical order, including Devil and God - The Omega Book (1985-6), Towards the Supernoumenon (1987), Elemental Spectra (1988-9), and Philosophical Truth (1991-2). John O'Loughlin lives in Crouch End, north London, England, UK, where he continues to regard himself as a kind of bohemian more