John Robison was a Scottish physicist and mathematician. He was a professor of philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. Towards the end of his life, he became an enthusiastic conspiracy theorist, publishing Proofs of a Conspiracy, alleging clandestine intrigue by the Illuminati and Freemasons (the work's full title was Proofs of a Conspiracy against all the Religions and Governments of Europe, carried on in the secret meetings of Freemasons, Illuminati and Reading Societies). The secret agent monk, Alexander Horn provided much of the material for Robison's allegations. French priest Abbé Barruel independently developed similar views that the Illuminati had infiltrated Continental Freemasonry, leading to the excesses of the French Revolution. Modern conspiracy theorists like Nesta Webster and William Guy Carr believe that Robison's book described what the Illuminati may have started was the template for the subversion of otherwise benign organizations by radical groups through the 19th and 20th centuries
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|Date published: || 2013|
|ISBN: ||9781471098437 (DRM-EPUB)|
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