Volume 1 of the Essays and Treatises started life as a set of Essays, Moral and Political (1741-2), and then a set of Political Discourses (1752). These collections are also included here (though the essays themselves are typically taken from later editions), partly for the sake of interest, and partly because 8 essays from the original Essays, Moral and Political were withdrawn from later editions of the Essays and Treatises, and hence are not included in that collection. For ease, there are included in a special collection called Essays, Moral and Political [withdrawn essays].
Also included in here are the Four Dissertations of 1757, namely the Natural History of Religion, the Dissertation on the Passions, Of Tragedy, and Of the Standard of Taste, together with the Dedication to John Home that Hume had prefixed to several copies of this collection.
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