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The Philalethes Society

The World's Oldest And Largest Masonic Research Society

Article © 2001 Nelson King

The name of the Society is pronounced "fill a (as in a-bate) lay thees" with the accent on the third Syllable -- lay. It is derived from two Greek words, philos and alethes. It means lover of truth.

The Philalethes Society was founded on October 1, 1928, by a group of Masonic students. It was designed for Freemasons desirous of seeking and spreading Masonic light. In 1946, The Philalethes magazine was established to publish articles by and for its members. For many years it has been voted the best Masonic publication in the world. The sole purpose of this Research Society is to act as a clearing house for Masonic knowledge. It exchanges ideas, researches problems confronting Freemasonry, and passes them along to the Masonic world.

Among the original 40 Fellows were the following Masons.

  • Harold V. B. Voorhis
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Robert I. Clegg
  • Louis Black
  • J. Hugo Tatsch
  • Charles S. Plumb
  • Harry L. Haywood
  • Charles C. Hunt

Fellows of the Society have been elected from every country in the free world, proving The Philalethes Society has always been international in scope.

There are several advantages of membership in The Philalethes Society:

  • Six editions yearly of The Philalethes Magazine
  • Fellowship in a Chapter of the Philalethes Society
  • An opportunity to win the Certificate of Literature
  • Bonus Books
  • Participation in the Annual Assembly and Feast
  • Correspond with like-minded Master Masons throughout the world
  • Find an open door to More Light in Masonry
  • Help select recipients for grants
  • Eligible for Medal of Excellence
  • Develop your leadership abilities to the fullest
  • Keep informed about what is happening in the Masonic world
  • Association with dedicated Freemasons internationally

Perhaps the most important feature to come from your membership will be the opportunity for self-expression. This will cover many areas, not the least of which will be in speaking and writing. Getting involved with a local Chapter can bring out your leadership qualities. Actually, there is no limit to the heights you can reach as a Member of the Philalethes Society.

Membership is available only to Master Masons in good standing from a Regular Grand Lodge. [Regular being defined as Adhering to the Ancient Charges]

For more information on the organization please visit the Plilalathes Website.

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