Adam Weishaupt

German philosopher and founder of the Illuminati (1748–1830)

Johann Adam Weishaupt (6th February 1748-18th November 1830) was a German philosopher influenced by the ideas of the Age of Enlightenment. During his life, he was also influenced by the ideas of Liberalism. He was a Freemason, and liked the ideas of Deism and Republicanism. He also started the short-lived secret society called Illuminati.

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The house in Gotha, where Weishaupt lived from 1786 until his death.

Weishaupt studied history, law, political science and philosophy in Ingolstadt, In 1768, he got his Doctorate in philosophy. In 1772 he became a professor for law, with a specialization in church law.