Evaluations and Revaluations

Evaluations and Revaluations

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Although arguably a relatively minor work in itself, this volume of essayistic aphorisms and/or aphoristic notes by John O'Loughlin is nevertheless significant inasmuch as it signifies his first real attempt to approach and develop Truth, or metaphysical knowledge, from a consistently aphoristic, not to say, ideological angle, and may be regarded as a harbinger of those so-called 'supernotational' projects which, with a certain aphoristic flair, were to preoccupy him during the years 1985-93. Divided into two parts, both of which are largely concerned with evaluating and re-evaluating various philosophical positions either already taken or common to his work in general, it paved the way for the systematic evaluating and re-evaluating or, as he prefers to term it, 'revaluating' which was to become so characteristic of his work from the mid-80s, and to prove of such significance in his ability to develop and summarize Truth. The principal theme and concern of 'Evaluations and Revaluations' is Social Transcendentalism and its relationship to what he terms 'the Centre' - a politico-religious concept which the ideology in question would democratically advance at the expense of traditional state/church relativity in what amounts to a kind of church-biased synthesis.show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 4.32mm | 158.76g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 150047892X
  • 9781500478926

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 intellectual.show more