Logic and rhetoric in Malthus’s Essay on the Principle of Population, 1798

Arthur E. Walzer

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Abstract

Robert Thomas Malthus’s Essay on the Principle of Population, written to refute the optimistic predictions of the Marquis de Condor-cet and William Godwin, was acknowledged by contemporaries to be one of the most powerful works of its age. This article reviews the historical circumstances that disposed Malthus’s readers to his views and, especially, analyzes the rhetoric of the Essay itself in an effort to explain the causes of Malthus’s decisive victory over his opponents and to locate the sources of the Essay’s enduring power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalQuarterly Journal of Speech
Volume73
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1987

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