Toland and Adam Smith’s Posthumous Work

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Eric Schliesser

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In this paper I offer a speculative answer to the question why Adam Smith, who burned nearly all of his papers, arranged for posthumous publication for a number of his essays. I rely on a number of hints in those essays and put them in the context of eighteenth century natural philosophy. I argue that those hints trace back to John Toland and Spinozism.

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Schliesser, Eric. 2014. “Toland and Adam Smith’s Posthumous Work”. Diametros, no. 40 (June):115-25. https://doi.org/10.13153/diam.40.2014.632.
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Eric Schliesser, Philosophy and Moral Sciences Ghent University

Eric Schliesser
BOF Research Professor
Philosophy and Moral Sciences
Ghent University
Blandijnberg 2, Ghent, B-9000
Belgium

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