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Nature's God : the heretical origins of the American republic

Author: Matthew Stewart
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Discusses how America's revolutionaries--including Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Thomas Paine and Ethan Allen--were inspired by ideas that were ancient and pagan in nature, including the work of Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius and Dutch heretic Benedict de Spinoza.
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Genre/Form: Early works
History
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Stewart
ISBN: 9780393064544 0393064549 9780393351293 0393351297
OCLC Number: 879642283
Notes: Includes index.
Awards: Short-listed for National Book Awards (Nonfiction) 2014
Description: vii, 566 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The dirty little screw of the American Revolution --
Pathologies of freedom --
Epicurus's dangerous idea --
On the genealogy of nature's god --
Self-evident truths --
The pursuit of happiness --
The empire of reason --
The religion of freedom.
Responsibility: Matthew Stewart.

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"...splendidly polemical account of the philosophy of the founding fathers..." -- Prospect

 
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