This essay attempts at interpreting Henri-Frédéric Amiel's 'Intimate Diary' through the category of melancholy. The key notion for understanding the Swiss philosopher reflection is emptiness: the world in which the subject lives is empty (everything is but his hypostasis); the subject itself is empty; at last, empty is the work itself (the Diary - as it is deprived of an ending or conclusion). In consequence of this logic comes up a modern theory of loss as formulated by Amiel: in this case, certain - still romanticist - connotations, appear to be less essential, whilst those elements which allow for perceiving the Amielian loss in a philosophical and psychological context (a few dozen years before Freud's findings) become key.
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