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An Essay on the Principle of Population, as It Affects the Future Improvement of Society

An Essay on the Principle of Population, as It Affects the Future Improvement of Society
With Remarks on the Speculations of Mr Godwin, M. Condorcet, and Other Writers

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  • Resulting from discussions with his father on the works of Condorcet and William Godwin, Thomas Malthus (1766–1834) published anonymously in 1798 his first and most famous work. Written as a polite attack on French post-revolutionary speculations on social and human perfectibility, this remains one of the most powerful statements of the limits to human hopes set by the tension between population growth and natural resources. Central to his philosophy was the belief that 'The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man'. The publication was extremely controversial, not only because of the discussions of prostitution, contraception and sex, but also because Malthus denied the right of the poor to be supported in the face of famine, poverty and disease. This 1798 first edition led to a riposte from Godwin, Of Population (1820), which is also reissued in this series.

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    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108079143
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
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  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Question stated
    2. The different rations in which population and food increase
    3. The savage or hunter state shortly reviewed
    4. State of civilized nations
    5. The second, or positive check to population examined, in England
    6. New colonies
    7. A probable cause of epidemics
    8. Mr Wallace
    9. M. Condorcet's conjecture concerning the organic perfectibility of man
    10. Mr Godwin's system of equality
    11. Mr Godwin's conjecture concerning the future extinction of the passion between the sexes
    12. Mr Godwin's conjecture concerning the indefinite prolongation of human life
    13. Error of Mr Godwin in considering man too much in the light of a being merely rational
    14. Mr Godwin's five propositions respecting political truth
    15. Models too perfect, may sometimes rather impede than promote improvement
    16. Probable error of Dr Adam Smith
    17. Question of the proper definition of the wealth of a state
    18. The constant pressure of distress on man
    19. The sorrows of life necessary to soften and humanize the heart.

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    Thomas Robert Malthus

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