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Nature's God - The Heretical Origins of the American Republic (Hardcover): Matthew Stewart

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Matthew Stewart

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Not only the erudite Thomas Jefferson, the wily and elusive Ben Franklin, and the underappreciated Thomas Paine, but also Ethan Allen, the hero of the Green Mountain Boys, and Thomas Young, the forgotten Founder who kicked off the Boston Tea Party these radicals who founded America set their sights on a revolution of the mind. Derided as infidels and atheists in their own time, they wanted to liberate us not just from one king but from the tyranny of supernatural religion.

The ideas that inspired them were neither British nor Christian but largely ancient, pagan, and continental: the fecund universe of the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius, the potent (but nontranscendent) natural divinity of the Dutch heretic Benedict de Spinoza. Drawing deeply on the study of European philosophy, Matthew Stewart pursues a genealogy of the philosophical ideas from which America s revolutionaries drew their inspiration, all scrupulously researched and documented and enlivened with storytelling of the highest order. Along the way, he uncovers the true meanings of Nature s God, self-evident, and many other phrases crucial to our understanding of the American experiment but now widely misunderstood.

Stewart s lucid and passionate investigation surprises, challenges, enlightens, and entertains at every turn, as it spins a true tale and a persuasive, exhilarating argument about the founding principles of American government and the sources of our success in science, medicine, and the arts."

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Imprint: W W Norton & Co Inc
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 2014
First published: July 2014
Authors: Matthew Stewart
Dimensions: 244 x 165 x 43mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 576
ISBN-13: 978-0-393-06454-4
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Humanities > Philosophy
Books > Humanities > History > American history
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Western philosophy
Books > Humanities > History > American history > General
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present > General
Books > History > American history
Books > History > American history > General
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present > General
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LSN: 0-393-06454-9
Barcode: 9780393064544

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