Malthus’s Legacy: A System of Ideas

  • David Reisman
Part of the Great Thinkers in Economics book series (GTE)


It is easy to treat Malthus’s disparate writings on population, productivity, distribution, effective demand, forced saving, money and God as isolated and free-standing contributions that do not add up to a whole. It is true that he never wrote an ambitious summing-up analogous to Smith’s Wealth of Nations. This chapter suggests, however, a different interpretation. The conclusion is reached that the separate elements are all parts of a single project in which human life becomes, through economics, an earthly paradise and not a veil of tears.


Malthusian Population Malthus Economic thought 


By T. R. Malthus

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Reisman
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  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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