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Subject Area: Economics
Debate: Malthus: For and Against
Topic: Progress

William Godwin, Of Population. An Enquiry concerning the Power of Increase in the Numbers of Mankind [1820]

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Of Population. An Enquiry concerning the Power of Increase in the Numbers of Mankind, being an Answer to Mr. Malthus’s Essay on that Subject (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1820).


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A lengthy and belated reply to Malthus by the radical individualist Godwin. Whereas Malthus took a pessimistic view of the pressures of population growth, Godwin was more optimistic about the capacity of people to limit the growth of their families.

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