Malthus's Essay on Population: the facts of "super-growth" and the rhetoric of scientific persuasion.

  • Salim Rashid
  • Published 1987 in Journal of the history of the behavioral sciences

Abstract

For the Malthusian theory of population to be accepted as "scientific," it was essential that the theory be established on wide empirical evidence. A close examination of the "facts" provided by Malthus, however, shows that many of his crucial facts are based on distortions of the available evidence. Malthus was probably aware of much of this weakness, but… (More)

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