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In: The Dark Side of Knowledge
In: Friedrich Christian Laukhard (1757–1822)

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In the long history of anti-Jesuitism, the accusation that the Society of Jesus endorsed assassination and used it as a means to pursue its goals hardened into one of the recurring topoi that were repeatedly invoked to malign the order. However, the Society was clearly not born with this stigma. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate how in the late sixteen and early seventeenth centuries an interplay of political events and doctrinal statements arose whose cumulative effect was to brand the Society with a reputation for approving the principle and abetting the practice of killing kings.

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In: Journal of Jesuit Studies

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This introductory article explores the thematic affinity linking the Society of Jesus with conspiracies and conspiracy theories. After giving a short overview of the historiography devoted to anti-Jesuitism, it draws attention to how anti-Jesuits vilified the order over the centuries on the basis of alleged conspiracies whose extent varied from the episodic to the all-encompassing and that were imagined and posited in ways that tended to be themselves highly conspiratorial. In this manner, it foregrounds aspects of anti-Jesuitism and conspiracy theories that will recur in the individual contributions to this special issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies.

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In: Journal of Jesuit Studies
Schriftsteller, Radikalaufklärer und gelehrter Soldat
Friedrich Christian Laukhards (1757–1822) Schriften werden im vorliegenden Band erstmals von einer Gruppe von Forschern aus verschiedenen Disziplinen in den Blick genommen. Jenseits mancher Klischees vom fahrenden Magister und berüchtigten Burschen soll neues Interesse an diesem schillernden Aufklärer geweckt werden.
Laukhards Texte sind Quellen ersten Ranges, wenn es um die Erforschung der besonderen Situation der Spätaufklärung, ihrer Kultur und Klandestinität geht. Milieus und Praktiken der Radikalaufklärung, die in den letzten Jahrzehnten intensiv erforscht worden ist, werden in seinen Texten ungewöhnlich freimütig benannt. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes bahnen Wege in den literarischen Untergrund der deutschen Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts. Das Buch richtet sich an Germanisten, Philosophen und Historiker, vor allem jedoch an Laukhards Leser.