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This volume investigates the impact of the first and third Earls of Shaftesbury on Enlightenment thought. It takes an in-depth look both at their concrete activities on the political stage of their respective times and at the more general intellectual repercussions of what the two men stood for in word and deed. Shaping Enlightenment Politics accordingly offers important re-evaluations of the contributions made by each of these towering figures to much-contested issues of the day, for example slavery or the discourse of civic humanism, as well as to party politics.


Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of ShaftesburyPrefatory Address, pp. 13-14

 Patrick Müller, Dresden – “I chose therefore my Party & am a Whigg”: The First and Third Earls of Shaftesbury as Political Icons, pp. 15-23


The First Earl of Shaftesbury

Nigel Smith, Princeton University – Whig Wit: Andrew Marvell and the Earls of Shaftesbury, pp. 27-46

Andrew Agha, University of South Carolina, Columbia – Trade for Peace: A Complete Account of the First Earl of Shaftesbury’s Interest in Carolina’s Indian Trade, pp. 47-70.

Mark Goldie, Cambridge University John Locke and the Reputation of the First Earl of Shaftesbury, pp. 71-85


The Third Earl of Shaftesbury in his Time

Jonathan Israel, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University Shaftesbury, an Early Voice of the Radical Enlightenment, pp. 89-97

Daniel Carey, National University of Ireland, Galway Shaftesbury and Locke: A Tale of Three Letters, pp. 99-11

Patrick Müller, Dresden – “An equal Commonwealth”: Lord Ashley and the Republican Project of the Late 1690s, pp. 115-33

Jacob Sider Jost, Dickinson College – Party Politics in Characteristicks, pp. 135-47

Laurent Jaffro, Universite Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Psychological and Political Balances: The Third Earl of Shaftesbury’s Reading of James Harrington, pp. 149-62

Angela Taraborrelli, St. John’s University of Rome (Re)defining the Commonwealth: Shaftesbury’s Concept of Political Freedom, pp. 163-76

David Alvarez, DePauw University, Greencastle – Shaftesbury’s Non-Secular

Cosmopolitanism, pp. 177-95

Lawrence E. Klein, Cambridge University – Taste, the People and the Public according to the Third Earl of Shaftesbury, pp. 197-213


The Third Earl of Shaftesbury: Afterlife

William Molesworth, Dublin – Art, Morality and Choice: The Third Earl of Shaftesbury and John Molesworth, pp. 217-35

Rebecca Anne Barr, National University of Ireland, Galway – “Moral Painting, by way of Dialogue”: Shaftesbury in The Cry, pp. 237-54

James Pratt, York University, Toronto “Virtue Pointing to Her Rugged Mountain”: Shaftesbury inEarly America, pp. 255-74

Roman Alexander Barton, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin – Radicalising Sympathy: William Godwin’s Reading of Shaftesbury, pp. 275-90