Matthew Stewart - Nature's God

Where did the ideas come from that became the cornerstone of American democracy? Not only the erudite Thomas Jefferson, the wily and elusive Ben Franklin, and the underappreciated Thomas Paine, but also Ethan Allen, the hero of the Green Mountain Boys, and Thomas Young, the forgotten Founder who kicked off the Boston Tea Party—these radicals who founded America set their sights on a revolution of the mind. Derided as “infidels” and “atheists” in their own time, they wanted to liberate us not just from one king but from the tyranny of supernatural religion. The ideas that inspired them were neither British nor Christian but largely ancient, pagan, and continental: the fecund universe of the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius, the potent (but nontranscendent) natural divinity of the Dutch heretic Benedict de Spinoza. Drawing deeply on the study of European philosophy, Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic pursues a genealogy of the philosophical ideas from which America’s revolutionaries drew their inspiration, all scrupulously researched and documented and enlivened with storytelling of the highest order.

Matthew Stewart is the author of the books 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, Massachuset

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Postal Code:
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$28.95
ISBN-13: 9780393064544
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 7/2014

Class: Josette Schwartz - Beginning French Continuing

09/03/2014 12:00 pm
Eight Wednesdays: Sept. 3-Oct. 22 • 10:00-12:00pm • $250
 
 
 
 
Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught at the Lycée Français, the Branson School, and French American International. “Josette makes us feel comfortable with asking questions or stumbling on new words, and that openness is absolutely essential to learning,” said one student.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925

Class: Kate Rider - Beginning Italian

09/03/2014 8:00 pm
Eight Wednesdays: Sept. 3-Oct. 22 • 6:00-8:00pm • $250
 
 
 
 
Kate Rider studied Italian at Stanford, Middlebury College, and in Florence. She earned a master’s degree in Italian Literature at S.F. State University and completed a course in Italian pedagogy in Genoa. She teaches Italian at Dominican University of California.

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Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925

Class: Michael Shapiro - A Sense of Place

09/03/2014 8:30 pm
Three Wednesdays: Sept. 3-17 • 6:30-8:30pm • $120
 
 
 
 
 
Dive deeply into the world of travel literature and improve your writing by studying the masters. We’ll discuss work by Bill Bryson, Pico Iyer, Paul Theroux, Jan Morris, Peter Matthiessen and Tim Cahill. Michael Shapiro interviewed each of these renowned authors for his book, A Sense of Place. Shapiro’s travel stories appear in National Geographic Traveler, Islands, American Way, Washington Post and S.F. Chronicle

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Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925

Robert Currier - The Wit and Wisdom of Oscar Wilde

Marin Shakespeare’s Artistic Director Robert Currier lectures on “The Wit and Wisdom of Oscar Wilde.” Wilde’s An Ideal Husband will be mounted by Marin Shakespeare from August 23 through September 27. The play focuses on a respected politician who’s spotless reputation is threatened by a dark secret.

Robert Currier co-founded Marin Shakespeare Company and is its original Artistic Director. He holds a B.A. in Drama and an M.F.A. in Directing from U.C. Irvine, where he helped establish the Objective Drama Project with the legendary theatrical guru Jerzy Grotowski in the early 1980's. An actor, director, writer and designer, Robert co-founded Encounter With the Theatre at the Woodstock Illinois Opera House (artistic home of the young Orson Welles) in 1971 and the still thriving Ukiah Players Theatre in 1977. He and Lesley initiated Baja Shakespeare, Baja del Sur's only live classical theatre company in Los Barriles, Mexico in 2001. At Marin Shakespeare Company, he has been nominated for "Best Director" and his productions for "Best Production" numerous times by the Bay Area Critics Circle, Choice Awards, and others. His 1994 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream won the Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for "Best Overall Production".

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Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

An Ideal Husband (Paperback)

$21.75
ISBN-13: 9781144708441
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Published: Nabu Press, 2/2010

Class: Josette Schwartz - Intermediate French

09/04/2014 12:00 pm
Seven Thursdays: Sept. 4-Oct. 23 (no class Sept. 25) • 10:00-12:00pm • $220
 
 
 
 
Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught at the Lycée Français, the Branson School, and French American International. “Josette makes us feel comfortable with asking questions or stumbling on new words, and that openness is absolutely essential to learning,” said one student.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States


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