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A Question of Belief: Philosophical Dialogues

A Question of Belief: Philosophical Dialogues
 

John O'Loughlin first got the idea of writing a collection of dialogues in 1978 after reading the French philosopher Diderot, one of the outstanding practitioners of the genre, and the results, several weeks later, were four fairly lengthy philosophical dialogues, which enabled h... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781499777307
Published 3 June 2014 by Createspace
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By O'Loughlin, John James
Revised by O'Loughlin, John J.
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ISBN-13 9781499777307
ISBN-10 1499777302
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Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Createspace
Imprint Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date 3 June 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By O'Loughlin, John James
Revised by O'Loughlin, John J.
Category Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Number of Pages 128 pp
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 7mm
Weight 181g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text History of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
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John O'Loughlin first got the idea of writing a collection of dialogues in 1978 after reading the French philosopher Diderot, one of the outstanding practitioners of the genre, and the results, several weeks later, were four fairly lengthy philosophical dialogues, which enabled him to continue developing the dualistic theories begun the previous year (1977) and included in both the mainly essayistic 'Between Truth and Illusion' (which contains his first ever philosophical dialogue) and the comparatively more aphoristic 'The Illusory Truth'. Their subject-matter ranges from book collecting as an art and the morality of films to the influence of astrology on writers and retrospective perspectives on history, and although they tend, on the basis of didactic disquisition rather than mere conversation, to be a touch one-sided, they are at least broad enough to be of some interest to the general reader, as well as deep enough to appeal to the more philosophically inclined.

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Author's Bio

John James O'Loughlin was born in Salthill, Co. 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 in consequence of having been put into care by his mother, 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 for booking examination venues. After a brief flirtation with Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, he returned to his former job in the West End but retired from the ABRSM in 1976 due to a combination of factors, including ill-health, and dedicated 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 dedicated himself exclusively to philosophy, 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.

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