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The Masonic Philosophical Society has been growing throughout the world steadily. While we offer many different resources for our members to grow and learn online, there is simply no substitute for attending the Study Center nearest you. When you attend a Study Center of the Masonic Philosophical Society you will have the opportunity, not only to hear from a speaker, but to participate in the dialogue.

Detroit Study Center
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What does it mean to be enlightened or spiritually awakened?
Date: 6/10/2017 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Madeline Habib
Synopsis: There are many references to such spiritual progress as enlightenment insomuch that the word has entered the mainstream language. Many associate spiritual awakening with the Buddhist philosophy of nirvana, but what really is enlightenment? Join us as we investigate what spiritual awakening is, how do such related practices bring about changes in our state of being, and whether or not Freemasonry can assist on this path to opening ourselves to an alternative way of living as we move from our normal state of sleep to a state of wakefulness.

Who were the Rosicrucians?
Date: 7/8/2017 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: History
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: Modern Rosicrucian is a Western esoteric tradition that has a rich history that has seen many evolutions since its infancy. Born in the late 16th century from a series of manifestos, the Order of the Rosie Cross has had its trials and tribulations by men and women of science and religion as well as mass rejection. Why would such a philosophy as Rosicrucianism undergo such hardship when it only idolized a utopia worthy of all people? No violence or bloodshed was split by the Brotherhood only the sharing of dreams by those who wanted a more perfect world. Having many similarities and possibly a common birth to Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism is a fascinating but tragic tale of ideals, imagination, and hope.

Does rational thought have a limit?
Date: 8/12/2017 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Literature
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: Isaac Asimov, a world-renowned author and biochemist, wrote many wonderful fanatical stories of artificial intelligence. One of his short stories, known as Reason, gives a compelling argument on the limits of rational thought and creation. Join us as we take an outsider's perspective on Asimov's tale and look inwardly in how we derive our beliefs and what we consider to be truth.

What is Man?
Date: 9/9/2017 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Katie Cumsille
Synopsis: Carl Jung, a prominent psychologist of his time, has theorized the notion of archetypes. Templates that are found in all men no matter culture, race, creed, or gender. Is his argument for the constancy of Man true or is man more complex than this. Freemasonry strives to unite humanity through diversity rather than seek to divide us. Are archetypes the symbols that unite us all or is there true individuality?

While acts of Kindness can be practiced, can kindness itself be developed or nurtured?
Date: 10/14/2017 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Linda Johnson
Synopsis: Kindness, in an altruistic society as our own, seems to be implied in our social rules. Rude individuals are either personally shunned or openly judged. With such expectations of others and the disparaging differences in practice, one should ask whether or not kindness is inherent. Studies show that "superficial" judgement (deemed subjectively unkind by most) such as physical appearance, social status, and age play an important part in human mating. Are these discernments unkind? Masonic customs, practiced in their highest form, believe that they are counterproductive to evolution and try teach its members to remove such base distinctions from their judgement, but is it possible? Join us as we discuss whether or not kindness is inherent, can be learned, and how society has an affect on such perceptions.

What is the purpose of esoteric organizations and Freemasonry in particular?
Date: 11/11/2017 3:30:00 AM
Topic of Study: Esotericism
Presenter: Chris Osborn
Synopsis: There have been many esoteric organizations that have existed over the centuries. Is there an underlying theme with these various organizations? Have they all been working toward a common purpose and what benefit to humanity have they wrought?We will discuss these questions and many more as we look to the future of Freemasonry by examining the past.

What is the nature of the world, its relation to the divine, and the role of humanity?
Date: 12/9/2017 3:30:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Madeline Habib
Synopsis: In modern society we are familiar with knowledge that focuses on scientific or scholarly exploration and rational understanding, dependent on the evidence of our senses. What if, however, there was more to the perception of science and rational thought? Many believe that esotericism can hold the direct realization of this truth is the highest achievement. Join us as we embark on a journey to discover what is the nature of the world and the divine and the role of humanity has between these epic forces.

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