Malthus,Thomas Robert


Thomas Robert Malthus (1766–1834) was a population theorist who opposed theories of indefinite human progress. His thinking about the struggle for existence was very important for the evolutionist Charles Darwin.

Keywords: population; struggle for existence; Darwin

Further Reading

Malthus TR (1798) An Essay on the Principle of Population. London: Printed for J. Johnson, In St Paul's Church‐Yard. (1966 reprint) New York, NY: Macmillan.

Malthus TR [1826] (1914) An Essay on the Principle of Population, 6th edn. London, UK: Everyman.

McCleary GF (1953) The Malthusian Population Theory. London, UK: Faber & Faber.

Nisbet R (1980) History and the Idea of Progress. New York, NY: Basic Books.

Ruse M (1979) The Darwinian Revolution: Science Red in Tooth and Claw. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

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Ruse, Michael(Sep 2006) Malthus,Thomas Robert. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005703]