Philip Mairet


Philip Mairet (1886–1975) – who had a Swiss father and English mother – was educated at Hornsey School of Art and worked under the architect C. R. Ashby, 1906–9, before becoming a designer and artificer in stained and painted glass windows for churches. After war service in the British Red Cross and the French Red Cross in France, and having served a term of imprisonment as a conscientious objector, he was a member of the Shakespeare Company at the Old Vic Theatre, London. He then became a journalist, 1926–31, and worked at the formation of the Adler Society (International Society for Individual Psychology) in London. He published The ABC of Adlerian Psychology (1926); and in 1932 joined the staff of the New English Weekly under its founder A. R. Orage. On Orage’s death, Mairet became editor, 1934–49. TSE wrote for NEW and was a member of the editorial board. Mairet convened the group of high-level psychiatrists who wrote the symposium Christianity and Psychiatry, and he contributed to the publication under the auspices of the Christian Frontier Council. He was the dedicatee of TSE’s Notes towards the Definition of Culture (1948). See Mairet, Autobiographical and Other Papers, ed. C. H. Sisson (1981).