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[The moral values of Malthus].

Authors
  • Vilquin, E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cahiers québécois de démographie / Association des démographes du Québec
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1998
Volume
27
Issue
2
Identifiers
PMID: 12295166
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

"More than his other writing, Malthus' first essay 'Essay on the Principle of Population' is a militant text, its arguments based more strongly on moral positions than scientific data.... In Malthusian demographic theory, 'vice' and 'moral constraint', factors in human behaviour, play a fundamental role that is indissociable from their moral significance. With his primary concern to preserve human freedom, but torn between his tendency toward idealism and his demand for realism, Malthus developed a pragmatic morality, a morality of the lesser evil, today described as 'Malthusian pessimism'." (EXCERPT)

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