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(“Friends of Truth”). In 1736, Ernst Christoph Graf von Manteuffel, sometime cabinet minister of Saxony, J.G. Reinbeck, provost of Berlin, and Ambrosius Haude, a bookseller, founded the Societas Alethophilorum in Berlin. There were soon daughter societies, especially in the territory of Saxony (including Weissenfels, Leipzig, and Niederlausitz). The society's goal was to popularize Wolffian philosophy. Its members pledged to recognize as true only what they had sufficient grounds to believe. Thei…

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Beutel, Albrecht, “Alethophiles”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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