Episode 7 – In Praise of Melancholy

A thought-provoking lecture by scholar Eric G. Wilson. In June of 2008, Dr. Wilson gave a lecture entitled “Against Happiness: Celebrating the Meditative Virtues of Melancholy” to an audience at the Center for Inquiry / Transnational in Amherst, New York. Wilson argues that melancholy – as distinct from depression – has many virtues that humanists should appreciate, notably insight into the self and creativity.

Eric G. Wilson is the Thomas H. Pritchard Professor of English at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is the author of the recent book Against Happiness.