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      A melancholy skeptic

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      Kriterion: Revista de Filosofia

      Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas da UFMG

      Hume, ceticismo, melancolia

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          Abstract

          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.

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          Nas diversas fases de seu desenvolvimento, Hume associou diferentemente melancolia e filosofia. Nesse ensaio, proponho acompanhar seu progresso, começando pela crença juvenil de que uma vida filosófica preservaria o praticante da melancolia. Em minha hipótese, para o Hume maduro, apenas conhecimento no sentido amplo de vasta experiência se opõe a estados melancólicos, enquanto o conhecimento como estrita especulação racional se mostra irrealizável, ao provocar um estado de desespero melancólico no agente.

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                Kriterion: Revista de Filosofia
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                Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas da UFMG (Belo Horizonte )
                0100-512X
                December 2003
                : 44
                : 108
                : 180-190
                Affiliations
                [1 ] Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Brazil
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                S0100-512X2003000200003
                10.1590/S0100-512X2003000200003

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