If the essayistic aphorisms and aphoristic essays of the eight volumes of so-called 'supernotes' which preceded this title are of indeterminate length, then what follows here, dating from 1993, is of an aphoristic purism which allows for little or no deviation from the basic form. One could say that their author had attained to something approximating the light(ness) of Truth at this point, and the result is a vindication not only of what had preceded it, but of his entire philosophical quest to-date. Comprised of 707 maxims which have been given 'a/b' subdivisions, 'Maximum Truth' succeeds in achieving, albeit on a still-far from definitive basis, the sort of metaphysical comprehensiveness towards which John O'Loughlin had been struggling all along. One could say that it signifies a refinement upon the aforementioned 'supernotational' writings; though the tendency to recycle ideas, by now a veritable principle of his work, persists here to even greater effect, insofar as it was this technique which made the subsequent attainment of what, punning aside, is in some respects a maximum degree of metaphysical truth truly possible. Following on from the above, however, its companion volume, 'Truthful Maxims', which is also comprised of 707 numbered maxims, was written on a slightly more straightforward, though no less truth-intensive basis, and extends beyond much if not most of the material contained in its precursor.
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About the Author
John 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 effectively continued with ever since. His novels include 'Changing Worlds' (1976), 'Cross-Purposes' (1979), 'Thwarted Ambitions' (1980), 'Sublimated Relations' (1981), and 'Deceptive Motives' (1982). Since the mid-80s Mr O'Loughlin has almost exclusively dedicated himself to philosophy, which he regards as his true literary vocation, and has penned more than eighty 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).