The official philosophical book of the Scholarly and Political Order of the Ur-Illuminati (SPOUI) is Dr. Nicolas Laos’s book entitled The Meaning of Being Illuminati, which was published in England, in 2019, by Cambridge Scholars Publishing;

ISBN (10): 1-5275-3354-9 and
ISBN (13): 978-1-5275-3354-7

Dr. Nicolas Laos’s book The Meaning of Being Illuminati articulates a new research program, called “Ur-Illuminism,” which consists in an integrated and systematic study of humanity’s quest for “illumination,” namely, for the highest and noblest possible mode of being. Thus, it takes on the challenge of revising widely accepted ways of understanding and interpreting the ontological underpinnings of civilization and the ontological potential of humanity. It allows the reader to delve into a creative “rediscovery” of Platonism, medieval Christian mystics’ and scholars’ writings, and various “illuminist” systems, from the Orphic mystical cult to the European Enlightenment and thence to the eighteenth-century Illuminati fraternities and beyond. Moreover, the book studies major issues in the history of philosophy, politology, and esoteric systems (such as Hermeticism, the Kabbalah, alchemy, the Rosicrucian movement, Freemasonry, and the Bavarian Illuminati). It maintains that a postmodern “rediscovery” of premodern metaphysics, specifically, a postmodern esoteric theocracy (as distinct from old sacerdotalism and religious formalism), is the best bulwark against oppression and the ontological degradation of humanity, as well as the best path to the attainment of that wisdom and spiritual self-knowledge which constitute the existential integration and completion of the human being. In this context, it proposes a peculiar and intellectually fecund synthesis between Tory Anarchism, Libertarianism, Platonism, and Byzantine Hesychasm, as they are elucidated in this book.


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A. From Information to Illumination

B. Cosmic Complexity and the Exceptionality of the Human Being

C. In the Realm of Esoteric Societies

D. My Ur-Illuminati Project

Preface by a Grand Master
Giuliano Di Bernardo


Chapter One

Introduction to Esotericism

1.1 The Origins and the Meaning of “Esotericism”

1.2 The Noachites and the Esoteric Cardinal Points

1.3 Japheth’s Descendants: Ancient Greeks and the Quest for Knowledge

1.4 Ham’s Descendants and the Arabo-Islamic Civilization

1.5 The Essence of European Esotericism and the “Japhethite Ecumene”

1.5.1 The Punic Wars

1.5.2 The Communication between the Celts and the Greeks

1.5.3 The Communication between the Romans and the Greeks

1.5.4 The Communication between the Hebrews and the Greeks

1.5.5 The Orientalization of Greece and the Hellenization of the East

1.6 The Reason-Principle (“Logos”)

1.7 The Christianization of the Ecumene: A Theme in Need of a Focus

1.7.1 Greek Philosophy and Christian Trinitarian Theology

1.7.2 From Greek Philosophy to the Anthropology of the Greek Church Fathers

1.7.3 Maximus the Confessor, the Greek Humanistic Legacy,
and the Spirit of Asia

Chapter Two

Seeking the Mystical Path of Illumination

2.1 The Term “Illuminati”

2.2 Hesychasts: The Byzantine Illuminati

2.2.1 The Hesychastic Controversy

2.2.2 The Vision and Knowledge of God as Uncreated Light

2.2.3 The Mind–Body Problem According to Gregory Palamas

2.2.4 Hesychastic Psychotherapy

2.2.5 Illumination versus Academic Philosophy and Science

2.2.6 Hesychastic Mysticism and Eschatology

2.3 Alchemy: Transmutation as Illumination

2.4 The Kabbalah and the Tarot: Mapping the Conscious, the Unconscious, and the Itinerary of the Human Spirit towards Illumination

2.5 Hermeticism and the Concept of Celestial Ascension

2.6 The Rosicrucian Enlightenment

2.7 Freemasonry

2.7.1 The Formation of English Symbolic Masonry

2.7.2 The Formation of the Order of the Holy Royal Arch
of Jerusalem

2.7.3 Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite

2.7.4 Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis–Misraim

2.7.5 From the Mosaic Pavement to the Geopolitical Chessboard

Chapter Three

The Illuminati’s World Vision

3.1 The Transition from Traditional Metaphysics to Modernity

3.1.1 The Ethos of Traditional Metaphysics and Its Enemies

3.1.2 Kantianism

3.1.3 Hegelianism

3.1.4 The Fallacy of Neo-Kantianism

3.1.5 The Heideggerian Fallacy: From Existential Despair to Totalitarianism

3.2 The Rediscovery of Traditional Metaphysics

3.3 The Bavarian Illuminati and the Ur-Illuminati

3.4 Personalistic Order

3.5 The Greco-Roman Imperial Ethos versus the Carolingian Feudalistic Order: A New Strategic Vision beyond the “White Brotherhood” and the “Black Brotherhood”

3.6 A World of Possibilities

Appendix: A Chronicle of Modern European Politics


You may buy Dr. Nicolas Laos’s book The Meaning of Being Illuminati from: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Amazon, Blackwell, Baker & Taylor, or any other electronic or physical bookstore around the world by ordering this book using its ISBN number (ISBN (10): 1-5275-3354-9 or ISBN (13): 978-1-5275-3354-7).