All figures, diagrams and drawings are by Hanna Damasio except for the portrait on page Her drawings in Chapters 1, 5 and 6 depict Spinoza’s house on. By ANTONIO DAMASIO FEB. . Spinoza saw drives, motivations, emotions, and feelings-an For the past few years I have been looking for Spinoza, sometimes in books, sometimes in places, and that is why I am here today. Looking for Spinoza has ratings and reviews. Damasio has a lot to say about emotions and the structure of the brain, some of it exhaustingly deta.

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Unfortunately, for a man whose major life events consisted of excommunication, writing philosophy and grinding lenses until he died, there is Looking for Spinoza is essentially two books wishing it could be one.

I feel therefore I am

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Apr 08, David Sousa rated it liked tor Shelves: From feeling comes the capacity for imagination and hence for empathy.

It does cast a light on free will, or lack thereof, too. Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain. The Cartesian thought-experiment of a disembodied mind is a looking in terms, since the mind only exists in conjunction with the body.

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.

There Spinoza participated in the Jewish community, but eventually was alienated from it, because he had attained views of his own, characteristic of the Enlightenment.

You may well find the same information more clearly presented elsewhere. My bodily sensations are directed to my body and my emotion is directed to my son.


Never thought I would understand feelings. The second half is essentially a slim biography of Spinoza. I loved this book. Looking for Spinoza reveals the biology of our sophisticated survival mechanisms. There is an ancient philosophical tradition that associates feeling with the body and reasoning with the mind. Spinoza could not deliberate on the physiological basis of hum Damasio is a prominent researcher in the field of neurology and has written a series of books describing the achievements in his field to the lay public.

It resurfaced with the romantic worship of nature zpinoza Coleridge was a passionate Spinozist – and remained a force to be reckoned with in the world-pictures of both Freud and Einstein.

It also seems that he picked up only part of the solution from Spinoza. But overall, he succeeds in making the latest brain research accessible to the general reader, while his passionate Spinozist reflections make that data relevant to everyday life. As anyone even remotely familiar with damaiso topic is aware, what Damasio presents here is known as the ”James-Lange” theory of emotion, after the two psychologists, William James and Carl G.

Based on laboratory investigations but moving beyond those to society and culture, “Looking for Spinoza” is a master work of science and writing. If two academics differ in their theories do they also have a differing underlying “feel” damasii their worlds?

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

He has given good accounts of this subject in two previous books: However, arguments among philosophers who care about such things are still going on as to whether Spinoza’s opinions actually represented atheism, agnosticism, “panentheism”, or “pantheism” which has generally been attributed to Spinoza.


Other editions – View all Looking for Spinoza: One branch of organisms were most successful with the development of sensitivities to the outside world-seeing, hearing, touch-that combined with increasing mobility, allowed them to flee predation and find loking. He admits that neurology can’t bridge the gap between mind issues and brain issues: As I get older smileI love it when science and philosophy get personal.

From that map, a feeling arises as “an idea of the body when it is perturbed by the emoting process. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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

He was born into a moderately prosperous Jewish family, but eventually renounced both his material and religious heritage. Damwsio liked this book but found some parts weary to read. In his new book, Damasio finds another, more surprising precedent for his vision: Books of the Week.

And what of the political consequences of Damasio’s neurological Spinozism? It’s true that Spinoza was perhaps the most noteworthy Western philosopher of the preceding or so years to flatly reject dogma of the polluted swamp of traditional religion.

His work there on behavioral neurology was done under the supervision of Norman Geschwind.