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These networks of exchange, as Thomas Haskell has argued, fostered the expansion of sympathy to people in far-off places, augmenting the idea of a universal humanity. In Haskell’s provocative reading of the capitalist origins of anti-slavery thought, bills of credit and other fiduciary instruments are particularly important, for their value depended on merchants, consumers, and producers having faith in (as the term indicates) people they had never seen and would probably never meet. The market forced its participants, through contractualism, to attend to their own power, in the present and the future, to affect events largely divorced from their everyday activities.
This understanding of electricity as a kind of physical general equivalent linked up with the interest in sensibility, in the innate, embodied basis of taste, in imagining humankind as sharing an essential capacity to feel, not simply on an emotive or physical level, but in a realm linking the two with reason and morality. As Jacques Rancière has recently argued, this more universal distribution of the sensible, “the system of a priori forms determining what presents itself to sense experience,” demarcates the emergence of the distinctly modern aesthetic regime.
36 Despite maintaining his commitment to a more liberal politics, Schiller’s aesthetic politics parallels Coleridge’s as attempts to delimit the imagination as the basis for politics in reaction to the French Revolution. ”37 Kitson’s argument that Coleridge’s political thought largely derived from commonwealthsman republicanism is important for filling in the contours of this aesthetic politics. While the historiographical debates about the rise of liberalism and its relationship to the classical commonwealth republicanism of the eighteenth century has died down, the so-called republican synthesis remains an important touchstone for understanding eighteenth-century British and American political thought.