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LOOKING FOR SPINOZA: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain. Antonio R. Damasio, Author, Damasio, Author. Harcourt $28 (p) ISBN By ANTONIO DAMASIO FEB. . For the past few years I have been looking for Spinoza, sometimes in books, sometimes in places, and that is. I found the book “Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain” by Antonio Damasio an interesting look at the relationship between emotions, feelings.

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A great book to know about Spinoza and neuroscience. On my all time favorites shelf. Nonetheless, a difficult but worthwhile read. The outcome is not as important as the process. Human Nature and Human Individuality. This is no small task considering the seemingly intangible nature of feelings and the general belief in science that feelings are impossible to examine empirically.

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His second book, The Feeling of What Happens: Again, this serves a self-perserving purpose. The first half covers the neurobiology of emotional life. Jan 13, cole rated it did not like it. Oct 28, Randal Samstag rated it did not like it Shelves: Is it possible that such profound sppinoza all-embracing essentials might have a physical location in some particular small corner of the brain?

Customers who bought this item also bought. Spinoza, seemingly the world’s first Cognitive Behaviorist, encouraged people to overcome intense negative feelings by eliciting stronger positive feelings through their cognitions.


Never thought I would understand feelings. I am writing this review from this perspective. It seems unlikely that inhabitants of the planet Vulcan, like Mr. Feb 15, Charles Daney rated it liked it Shelves: Goed, diepgaand boek over de neurologie van emoties en de daaruit volgende morele en ethische consequenties.

Damasio’s particular expertise is in the area of brain injury: The amount of energy that they expend in that process at times is significant.

This is a well written book and at times almost lyrical especially the first chapters on Spinoza. Overall, the book was full of food for thought.

By considering feeling as a result of emotions experienced in response to environmental stimuli we can break down client’s experience into two categories; what is happening to them and what they experience as a result of this.

I’m still learning and studying his writings. Thus a worm can react with alarm, but we conscious beings feel our bodies change when we are alarmed, and we can be alerted to consider why we are alarmed and what we want to do about it. He also takes a fascinating side trip into Spinoza’s philosophy which damasoo me reading “The Ethics,” to my eternal benefit.

Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain by António R. Damásio

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. In fact, the theory is a standard chestnut of psychology textbooks, a staple of old-style behaviorist psychology, with its emphasis on outer behavior at the expense of inner feeling.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Spinoza was a Portuguese Jew whose family fled the inquisition for a relatively tolerant Holland. That entailed the development of an advanced nervous system, which needed to spihoza more complex as the world became more complex. Thought to be too private for science to explain and not essential for understanding cognition, they have largely been ignored.

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LOOKING FOR SPINOZA: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain

Demasio’s concepts, while rooted in neuroscience and philosophy, are quite helpful to mental health professionals trying to make sense of their patient’s feelings and how they contribute to maladaptive behaviors. It rediscovers a thinker whose work prefigures modern neuroscience, not only in his emphasis on emotions and feelings, but also in his refusal to separate mind and body. Here, in a humane work of science, Damasio draws on his innovative research and on his experience with neurological patients to examine how feelings and the emotions that underlie them support human survival and enable the spirit’s greatest creations.

Damasio considers, for instance, Spinoza’s proposition that “love is nothing but a pleasurable state, joy, accompanied by spnoza idea of an external cause”. Later leading philosophers of the Enlightenment e. This is done by stimulating the brain with electricity and watching the results.

Feb 17, Freddie Berg rated it it sinoza amazing.