An Essay on the Principle of Population
While millions face hunger, malnutrition, and starvation, the world’s
population is increasing by over 225,000 people per day, 80 million per
In many countries, supplies of food and water are inadequate to
support the population, so the world falls deeper and deeper into what
economists call the “Malthusian trap,” named for the writer whose work,
more than any other, brought attention to the population dilemma.
Philip Appleman’s comprehensive introduction to Thomas Robert Malthus’
seminal 1798 work traces the evolution of Malthus’ idea and its
validity through following generations.
The text is accompanied by explanatory annotations and excerpts from
the revised edition (1803). Key eighteenth-century influences on
Malthus are reprinted, including one by Benjamin Franklin.
Nine major assessments from the nineteenth century are reprinted,
including—new to the Second Edition—those of Frances Pace and Harriet
Contemporary commentary ranges widely through many schools of thought,
from Lester R. Brown, Paul and Anne Ehrlich, and Garrett Hardin to
Julian Simon and Pope Paul VI. All but one of the twenty-four
selections are new to the Second Edition.
A Selected Readings list and Index are included.
- July 2003
- 5.2 × 8.4 in
/ 352 pages
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