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This response reads the phrase "after sovereignty" as a turn on Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue. I then recommend the virtue of respect as a way of reframing key scenes in Measure for Measure, including the bed trick and the duke's final proposal. Respect belongs to the Kantian realm of a universal, maxim-based moral theory that replaces the Aristotelian regime of virtue championed by MacIntyre, Martha C. Nussbaum, and Hannah Arendt, but also has its roots in liturgical practices of the sublime that affiliate respect with political theology and the carnal sublimations of courtly love. Shakespearean drama both participates in the Aristotelian virtue tradition and tests its limits, predicting the modernization of aretê in liberalism.