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Adam Weishaupt

Johann Adam Weishaupt

Johann Adam Weishaupt (6 February 1748 – 18 November 1830)[1][2][3][4] was a German philosopher who founded the Order of the Illuminati in the Electorate of Bavaria on 1 May 1776. Weishaupt was initiated into the Masonic lodge "Theodor zum guten Rath", at Munich in 1777.


According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the society of the Illuminati was an elaborate network of spies and counter-spies. Each isolated cell of initiates reported to a superior, whom they did not know: a party structure that was effectively adopted by some later groups. Presenting their own system as pure masonry, Weishaupt and Adolph Freiherr Knigge, who organised this ritual structure, greatly expanded the secret organisation.[5]


Weishaupt’s Illuminati was founded in the Age of Enlightenment, a period of intellectual and philosophical movements that dominated the world of ideas in Europe during the 18th century, the "Century of Philosophy".[6] Thus, it is quite likely that the modern-day Cabalistic Illuminati do not share the same vision as did Adam Weishaupt. Rather, it had only served as an inspiration to dub the modern-day Cabal of Power Elites as Illuminati. Therefore, it could be concluded, but not exclusively, that the modern-day Cabal are not truly Illuminati, in the sense of its original intent and founding.

See also[]

  • Secret Societies (History)


  1. Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie Vol. 41, p. 539.
  2. Engel, Leopold. Geschichte des Illuminaten-ordens. Berlin: H. Bermühler Verlag, 1906.
  3. van Dülmen, Richard. Der Geheimbund der Illuminaten. Stuttgart: Frommann-Holzboog, 1975.
  4. Stauffer, Vernon. New England and the Bavarian Illuminati. Columbia University, 1918.
  5. Catholic Encyclopedia: Illuminati
  6. "The Age of Enlightenment: A History From Beginning to End: Chapter 3". Archived from the original on 3 March 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.