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.

Noteworthy treatises

Treatises have been written by various philosophers:

  • Treatises on art:
    • ShitaoHua Yu Lu (Treatise on the Philosophy of Painting)

See also


  1. ^ J. L. Berggren, Alexander Jones; Ptolemy's Geography By Ptolemy, Princeton University Press, 2001 ISBN 0691092591

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