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Humanities Lecture to Cover Philosophical Origins of American Political Theory


Most people know that ideas from the Enlightenment were important to America's founding fathers. Works by John Stuart Mill, John Locke, David Hume and Jean-Jacques Rousseau are all reflected in the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers. But other kinds of European philosophy also had a hand in developing the American experiment in self-government. Philosopher Matthew Stewart's 2014 book Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic examined some of the lesser-known ideas that inspired America's revolutionaries. He says that while Enlightenment thinkers get a lot of the attention, classical philosophy and rationalism deserve a share of the credit as well.

Matthew Stewart will speak at the Lied Center Pavilion at 7:30 this (THUR) evening, on the topic "Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic." He will also appear at the Hall Center Conference Hall for a public conversation session tomorrow (FRI) at 10 a.m. For more information, visit the Hall Center for the Humanities website