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Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic
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Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic (Hardback)

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Erudite Thomas Jefferson, wily Benjamin Franklin, rough-hewn general Ethan Allen and Thomas Young (who instigated the Boston Tea Party)-the radicals who founded America set their sights on a revolution of the mind. Derided as "infidels" and "atheists" in their time, they wanted liberation from a king but also from supernatural religion. The ideas that inspired them were largely ancient, pagan and continental: the fecund universe of Lucretius; the potent natural divinity of Spinoza.



From the meaning of "nature's God" and "self-evident" in the Declaration of Independence to the sources of The United States's success in science, medicine, the arts, religious tolerance and democratic governance, Matthew Stewart's investigation surprises, challenges, enlightens and entertains as a philosophical detective story of the highest order.

History & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the AmericasPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyWestern philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900 Publisher: WW Norton & Co Publication Date: 01/07/2014 ISBN-13: 9780393064544  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Matthew Stewart is the author of Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic, The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World and The Management Myth: Debunking the Modern Philosophy of Business. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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