Toland and Adam Smith’s Posthumous Work

Eric Schliesser

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

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Abstract


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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http://dx.doi.org/10.13153/diam.40.2014.632

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