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A treatise is a formal and systematic written discourse on some subject, generally longer and treating it in greater depth than an essay, and more concerned with investigating or exposing the principles of the subject.
Treatises have been written by various philosophers:
- Aristotle—various treatises
- Adi Shankara—Vivekacūḍāmaṇi (Crest-Jewel of Discrimination) and many others.
- Claudius Ptolemaeus—Almagest
- Nizam al-Mulk—Siyasatnama (The Book of Government)
- Niccolò Machiavelli—The Prince, and Discourses on Livy
- René Descartes—The World, Compendium Musicae, and Discourse on the Method
- John Locke—Two Treatises of Government
- David Hume—A Treatise of Human Nature
- Adam Smith—The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations
- Joseph Priestley—Disquisitions relating to Matter and Spirit
- Henry George—Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth: The Remedy
- William Godwin—Enquiry concerning Political Justice, and its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness
- Karl Marx—Das Kapital
- Julien Offray de La Mettrie—Man a Machine "L'Homme Machine"
- Other well-known treatises include:
- Treatises on architecture:
- Treatises on music:
- Recent economics treatises have also been written:
- J. L. Berggren, Alexander Jones; Ptolemy's Geography By Ptolemy, Princeton University Press, 2001 ISBN 0-691-09259-1