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

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

Malthus, Thomas Robert

Cambridge University Press






15 a 20 dias

Published anonymously, this is the 1798 first edition of Malthus' provocative work of political and economic theory. His discussions of prostitution, contraception and sex, and his denial of the right of the poor to be supported in the face of famine, poverty and disease, made this a highly controversial text.
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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