Kriterion: Revista de Filosofia
versão impressa ISSN 0100-512X
GUIMARAES, Lívia. A melancholy skeptic. Kriterion [online]. 2003, vol.44, n.108, pp. 180-190. ISSN 0100-512X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-512X2003000200003.
Hume variously viewed the association of philosophy and melancholy in different stages of his development. In this essay I propose to follow this progress, beginning with his youthful belief that a philosophical life would shelter its pursuer from melancholy. In my hypothesis, for the mature Hume knowledge in the broad sense of wide experience alone can ease melancholy states, while knowledge as narrow rational speculation proves itself untenable, as it triggers a state of melancholy despair in the agent.
Palavras-chave : Hume; ceticismo; melancolia.