An Essay on the Principle of Population: And, A Summary View of the Principle of Population

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Penguin Books, Jan 1, 1983 - History - 291 pages
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As the world's population continues to grow at a frighteningly rapid rate, Malthus's classic warning against overpopulation gains increasing importance. An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798) examines the tendency of human numbers to outstrip their resources, and argues that checks in the form of poverty, disease, and starvation are necessary to keep societies from moving beyond their means of subsistence. Malthus's simple but powerful argument was controversial in his time; today his name has become a byword for active concern about humankind's demographic and ecological prospects.

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Antony Flew is emeritus professor of philosophy in the University of Reading, England. He has also served as visiting professor in institutions in North America, Africa, and Australia. He has published much on many different philosophical questions, especially those of interest both to academic philosophers and to a wider public.

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