Introductory Essay for Lysander Spooner, 'The Deist’s Immortality' and 'An Essay on Man’s Accountability for His Belief' (1834) and 'The Deist’s Reply' (1836)

Lysander Spooner, "THE DEIST'S IMMORTALITY", "AN ESSAY ON MAN'S ACCOUNTABILITY FOR HIS BELIEF" (1834), "THE DEIST'S REPLY" (1836), Reprint, Cobden Publishing, 2011

10 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2010  

Helen J. Knowles

SUNY Oswego

Date Written: December 5, 2010

Abstract

This essay is the introduction to the works appearing in Cobden Publishing's forthcoming volume reprinting the deism writings of the nineteenth century legal theorist Lysander Spooner (1808-1887). The essay provides historical context for these writings (that were published in 1834 and 1836), and explains what motivated Spooner to write them. It also argues that these, the earliest of Spooner's works, are not written and argued with the care and rigorous logical reasoning that characterized his later pamphlets and legal treatises.

Keywords: Lysander Spooner, deism, religion, classical liberalism, libertarianism, logic, legal reasoning, interpretation

Suggested Citation

Knowles, Helen J., Introductory Essay for Lysander Spooner, 'The Deist’s Immortality' and 'An Essay on Man’s Accountability for His Belief' (1834) and 'The Deist’s Reply' (1836) (December 5, 2010). Lysander Spooner, "THE DEIST'S IMMORTALITY", "AN ESSAY ON MAN'S ACCOUNTABILITY FOR HIS BELIEF" (1834), "THE DEIST'S REPLY" (1836), Reprint, Cobden Publishing, 2011 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1720664

Helen J. Knowles (Contact Author)

SUNY Oswego ( email )

435 Mahar Hall
Oswego, NY 13126
United States

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