An Essay on the Principle of Populationby Thomas Malthus
Pub. Date: 08/01/2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
This set provides a definitive scholarly variorum edition of Malthus' An Essay on the Principle of Population. The edition is based on the second edition of 1803, the work upon which Malthus' repuation as a population theorist and political economist was first built. It shows those parts of the work that incorporated the first edition of 1798, and gives all the variations introduced by Malthus in each of the subsequent editions (1806, 1807, 1817 and 1826). In addition to revealing the nature and extent of Malthus' changes, whether by expansion or excision, the edition reprints the important Appendices added in 1806 and 1817, giving answers to his critics. The work is introduced by the editor and contains a complete bibliography of all the authorities quoted by Malthus, together with extensive explanatory notes. Paricia James has previously edited Robert Malthus' travel diaries (1966) and written an authoritative biography of Malthus, Population Malthus: His Life and Times (1979).
Table of ContentsVolume II; Book II. Re-written Chapters : 4. (b) On the fruitfulness of Marriages; 6. (b) Effects of Epidemics on Registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages; Book III. Re-written Chapters : A. Of the Agricultural System; B. Of the Commercial System; C. Of Systems of Agriculture and Commerce combined; D. Of Corn Laws. Bounties upon Exportation; E. Of Corn Laws. Restrictions upon Importation; F. Of increasing Wealth as it affects the Condition of the Poor; Book IV. Of our future Prospects respecting the Removal or Mitigation of the Evils arising from the Principle of Population: 1. Of moral restraint, and the foundations of our obligation to practise this virtue; 2. Of the Effects which would result to Society from the general practice of this virtue; 3. Of the only effectual mode of improving the condition of the poor; 4. Objections to this mode considered; 5. Of the consequences of pursuing the opposite mode; 6. Effects of the knowledge of the principal cause of poverty on Civil Liberty; 5. Of the consequences of pursuing the opposite mode; 6. Effects of the knowledge of the principal cause of poverty on Civil Liberty; 7. Continuation of the same subject [Added 1817]; 8. Plan of the gradual abolition of the Poor Laws proposed; 9. Of the modes of correcting the prevailing opinions on the subject of Population; 10. Of the direction of our charity; 11. Of the errors in different plans which have been proposed, to improve the condition of the Poor; 12. Continuation of the same subject [Added 1817]; 13. Of the necessity of general principles on this subject; 14. Of our rational expectations respecting the future improvement of Society; Appendices, 1806, 1817; Note 1825.
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Thomas Malthus may be pesemistic in some peoples eyes. However, his theory should be considered especialy for the U.S.A. Speaking as an American, I think our government is starting to lead us down the unlikely path of world peace. While I have thought this a worthy goal in the past, this theory brings about ideas never heard of in todays society. Malthus makes you consider the posible results of this path before stumbling into it head first. I think this book has a well deserved place in the present society's library.