Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary

Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary (1758) is a two-volume compilation of essays by David Hume.[1] Part I includes the essays from Essays, Moral and Political,[2] plus two essays from Four Dissertations. The content of this part largely covers political and aesthetic issues. Part II includes the essays from Political Discourses,[3] most of which develop economic themes. The total two-part collection appeared within a larger collection of Hume's writings titled Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects.[4] This was a collaborative publication with the important Scottish bookseller Alexander Kincaid, with whom the bookseller Andrew Millar had a lucrative but sometimes difficult relationship.[5]


  1. See Hume, David (1758). Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects (New ed.). Strand and Edinburgh: A. Millar and A. Kincaid & A. Donaldson. Retrieved 28 June 2014 via Google Books.
  2. See Essays, Moral and Political. Edinburgh: A. Kincaid. 1741. Retrieved 15 June 2015. via Google Books
  3. See Hume, David (1752). Political Discourses (2 ed.). Edinburgh: A. Kincaid and A. Donaldson. Retrieved 16 June 2015. via Google Books
  4. Fieser, James (2006). "David Hume (1711-1776)". The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  5. "The manuscripts, Letter from Andrew Millar to Thomas Cadell, 16 July, 1765. Andrew Millar Project. University of Edinburgh". Retrieved 2016-06-06.

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