Sunday, 15 October 2000

From "Darwin Fallen among Political Economists"

By Donald Winch.

[Houghton] was in no doubt that the theory of natural selection advanced by Darwin in the Origin of Species [1859] was "borrowed from Malthus's doctrine of Population [1798]," and that it would therefore "find acceptance with those Political Economists and Pseudo-Philosophers who reduce all the laws of action and human thought habitually to the lowest and most sordid motive." [...] Darwin was being tarred with a "Malthusian" brush based on an uncomplimentary understanding of Malthus's way of thinking [...]

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