Professor Dan Hammond, Eudaimonia Institute Scholar in Residence, will present "Reconsidering Malthus: Why Malthus Matters Today".
Abstract: The Oxford English Dictionary defines Malthusian as (A) “of, relating to, or characteristic of Thomas Malthus or his teaching,” and (B) “a follower or supporter of Malthus in his views on population.”
"Most everyone knows what Malthus’s teaching and views on population were ... or do they? I will argue that what most everyone thinks they know about Malthus’s teaching and views is wrong. It is not just a little wrong, but very wrong. Thomas Robert Malthus (he went by Robert) has been slandered by both his devotees and his critics. He did not predict that growth in the world’s population would outpace growth in the supply of food. In short, a plain reading of Malthus’s Essay on Population (1798) shows that he was not a 'Malthusian.'"
Monday, October 28 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Eudaimonia Institute, Seminar Room
2599 Reynolda Road, Winston Salem, NC 27106