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1. Terminology

Etymologically, alethophiles are “friends” or “lovers” (Greek phíloi) of “truth” (Greek alḗtheia). In the early modern period, authors repeatedly published under the pseudonym Alethophilus in the context of various controversies in order to present their concerns onomastically. In the 18th century, the alethophiles were popularized by the Enlightenment philosopher  Christian Wolff (1679-1754), who identified his readership in the tit…

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Straßberger, Andres, “Alethophile”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 11 December 2017 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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