Sallust's theorem: a comment on fear in western political thought
Author: Wood N.
Source: History of Political Thought, Volume 16, Number 2, 1995 , pp. 174-189(16)
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Let me hasten to affirm that this essay, despite its title, is not so much about Sallust as it is a way of examining a specific constellation of ideas. I have used his conception of Roman social change because it seems to bring into focus a prudential commonplace rooted in Greek and Roman culture. No doubt Sallust's views had a strong formative effect on subsequent social and political thought, but I shall make no effort to explore and define this influence. I have simply chosen Sallust's Theorem as a point of departure, a heuristic device encapsulating and emphasizing an important notion of ancient antecedents which, together with its ramifications, may possibly illuminate a significant and neglected aspect of early modern political thought.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 1995-01-01