Public Program- Matthew Stewart

Lectures and Performances
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 6:45pm

“Radical Philosophy at the Origin of the American Republic”
By Matthew Stewart

This presentation will explore the philosophical and religious influences not just on the more famous names, such as Jefferson, Franklin, and Paine, but also some less well-known figures, including Ethan Allen and Thomas Young, the unsung hero of the Boston Tea Party and the Pennsylvania Revolution. Drawing on his recent book, Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic, Stewart will make the case that the unusual philosophical religion that inspired many of America’s revolutionaries was more radical than we now tend to think and at the same time central in the creation of the world’s first modern republic.

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