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New Ages, New Opinions

Shaftesbury in his World and Today

Edited By Patrick Müller

Interest in Shaftesbury is as lively and productive today as it ever was. Indeed, the past decade has seen a veritable international renaissance in studies of his work. The various theoretical approaches of which modern critics and scholars can avail themselves are reflected in the different new interpretations we now have of Shaftesbury. This collection of essays manifests this diversity, offering a representative miscellany which covers a wide range of Shaftesbury’s own intellectual interests. The focus lies on the re-evaluations of his ethics, aesthetics, politics, religion, and literary criticism, as well as examinations of the reception of his works.
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KARL AXELSSON holds a Ph.D. in aesthetics at the Department of Philosophy, Uppsala Universitet. His thesis The Sublime: Precursors and British Eighteenth-Century Conceptions was published by Peter Lang in Oxford, and he has published widely on eighteenth-century aesthetics in journals such as Estetika, English Studies, Eighteenth-Century Music, Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, and the Nordic Yearbook for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Axelsson was appointed postdoctoral researcher by the Wenner-Gren Foundations in 2008-2010 and he carried out his research at King’s College, University of Cambridge. He was also a visiting scholar at the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in 2010. He is currently appointed researcher in aesthetics by the Swedish Research Council at Uppsala University.

LORI BRANCH is Associate Professor at the University of Iowa’s Department of English. Although her primary focus is on the literature and thought of the long eighteenth century, her scholarship has ranged from the fourth-century Sayings of the Desert Fathers to the Twilight saga. Above all, Lori is interested in eighteenth-century theology; she is currently working on two books which will advance a fundamental critique of the secular/religious binary produced by Enlightenment thinking in the West. For her monograph Rituals of Spontaneity she received the Book of the Year award at the MLA Affiliate Organisation’s Conference on “Christianity and Literature.”

DANIEL CAREY is Professor of English at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Best known perhaps for his scholarship on John Locke, his broadranging academic interests include aspects...

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