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

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

by Matthew Stewart
Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic

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

by Matthew Stewart

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Overview

Longlisted for the National Book Award. Where did the ideas come from that became the cornerstone of American democracy?

America’s founders intended to liberate us not just from one king but from the ghostly tyranny of supernatural religion. Drawing deeply on the study of European philosophy, Matthew Stewart brilliantly tracks the ancient, pagan, and continental ideas from which America’s revolutionaries drew their inspiration. In the writings of Spinoza, Lucretius, and other great philosophers, Stewart recovers the true meanings of “Nature’s God,” “the pursuit of happiness,” and the radical political theory with which the American experiment in self-government began.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393244311
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 398,410
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Matthew Stewart is an independent philosopher and historian who has written extensively about the philosophical origins of the American republic, the history of philosophy, management theory, and the culture of inequality. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review, among other publications. In recent years he has lived in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles, and is currently based in London.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 The Dirty Little Screw of the American Revolution 9

2 Pathologies of Freedom 39

3 Epicurus's Dangerous Idea 77

4 On the Genealogy of Nature's God 130

5 Self-Evident Truths 201

6 The Pursuit of Happiness 263

7 The Empire of Reason 314

8 The Religion of Freedom 392

Acknowledgments 437

Notes 439

Index 535

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