Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain

Looking for Spinoza Joy Sorrow and the Feeling Brain The last in a trilogy of books that investigates the philosophical and scientific foundations of human life Joy sorrow jealousy and awe these and other feelings are the stuff of our daily lives In

  • Title: Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain
  • Author: António R. Damásio
  • ISBN: 9780156028714
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • The last in a trilogy of books that investigates the philosophical and scientific foundations of human life Joy, sorrow, jealousy, and awe these and other feelings are the stuff of our daily lives In the seventeenth century, the philosopher Spinoza devoted much of his life s work examining how these emotions supported human survival, yet hundreds of years later the bioloThe last in a trilogy of books that investigates the philosophical and scientific foundations of human life Joy, sorrow, jealousy, and awe these and other feelings are the stuff of our daily lives In the seventeenth century, the philosopher Spinoza devoted much of his life s work examining how these emotions supported human survival, yet hundreds of years later the biological roots of what we feel remain a mystery Leading neuroscientist Antonio Damasio whose earlier books explore rational behavior and the notion of the self rediscovers a man whose work ran counter to all the thinking of his day, pairing Spinoza s insights with his own innovative scientific research to help us understand what we re made of, and what we re here for.

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    1. António R. Damásio

      Dam sio studied medicine at the University of Lisbon Medical School in Portugal, where he also did his medical residency rotation and completed his doctorate Later, he moved to the United States as a research fellow at the Aphasia Research Center in Boston His work there on behavioral neurology was done under the supervision of Norman Geschwind.As a researcher, Dr Dam sio s main interest is the neurobiology of the mind, especially neural systems which subserve memory, language, emotion, and decision making His research has helped to elucidate the neural basis for the emotions and has shown that emotions play a central role in social cognition and decision making Dam sio has formulated the somatic markers hypothesis.As a clinician, he and his collaborators study and treat the disorders of behavior and cognition, and movement disorders.Dam sio s books deal with the relationship between emotions and feelings, and what are their bases in the brain His 1994 book, Descartes Error Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain, was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and is translated in over 30 languages His second book, The Feeling of What Happens Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness, was named as one of the ten best books of 2001 by New York Times Book Review, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and has thirty foreign editions Dam sio s most recent book, Looking for Spinoza Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain, was published in 2003 In it, Dam sio explores philosophy and its relations to neurobiology, suggesting that it might provide guidelines for human ethics.He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Science s Institute of Medicine, and the European Academy of Arts and Sciences Dam sio has received many awards including the Prince of Asturias Award in Science and Technology, Kappers Neuroscience Medal, the Beaumont Medal from the American Medical Association and the Reenpaa Prize in Neuroscience He is also in the editorial board of many important journals in the field.His current work involves the social emotions, decision neuroscience and creativity.Prof Dam sio is married to Dr Hanna Dam sio, his colleague and co author of several works from


    1. Inspired by Descartes' Error, and interested in a neurologist's interest in philosophers, I sought out Looking for Spinoza. It rewarded me in several ways, first by extending my understanding of how emotions as a biological concept are continuous with feelings as a conscious, mental phenomenon, and second by providing a guided, personal investigation into the life of Bento-Baruch-Benedict Spinoza.Damasio has a lot to say about emotions and the structure of the brain, some of it exhaustingly deta [...]

    2. 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, and the brain. I enjoyed reading about Damasio’s almost obsession-like fascination with the philosopher Spinoza. Damasio found Spinoza’s beliefs about feelings, passions, and emotions influential and relevant to his work as a neurologist. I also enjoyed that Damasio included a bit of philosophical flavor throughout the whole of [...]

    3. This book is, by turns, interesting and frustrating. Damasio knows his stuff when it comes to the details of neuroscience (which is to be expected because this is his field) and the details he supplies are fascinating. However, he overreaches himself when he tries to fit all these separate details into his one-size-fits-all model of how emotions and feelings interact together in a living brain; everything becomes ‘evidence’ for his overarching theory. Just because we have the one word ‘fee [...]

    4. pe lângă alte osho, mosho şi alte cărţi de pseudo-ştiinţă, iniţiere şi de auto-cunoaştere de care vai! pute piaţa de carte, rareori găseşti cărţi de popularizare a ştiinţei aparţinând unor oameni de ştiinţă. oameni de ştiinţă onorabili, cu diplome şi catedre universitare - adevărat, nedeţinători de Adevăruri supreme, ci de mici concluzii de bun-simţ, obţinute pe baza unor cercetări laborioase de ani de zile.să nu mă credeţi ştiinţofil şi filozofob, însă [...]

    5. If you buy the Enlightenment belief that scientific truth can be obtained and man made better for it, then take my review with a grain of salt. If you are convinced of the fact that using the terms "bad" and "human nature" in the same sentence is pretty acceptable, you won't like this too much. Damasio's science seems interesting enough and does pose some engaging questions. However, there are far too many condescending logical leaps for me to stomach. The low point came with the rather absurd s [...]

    6. I liked this book but found some parts weary to read. When Damasio writes about the neurology of the feeling brain , it is easy to assemble the author's love for his subject. However, found his sentence structuring elaborately wounded ( I had to read some sentences twice) and repetitive. But that being said, his monolistic view of mind/ brain and body and his reverence towards Baruch Spinoza is admirable. I believe in Monolism and the idea of feelings variably related to the homeostasis of the b [...]

    7. For a devastating critique of this book see: nytimes/2003/02/23/boo. Quoted from the review, by philosopher of mind, Colin McGinn:"I have two things to say about this theory: it is unoriginal, and it is false. As anyone even remotely familiar with this 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. Lange, who thought of it independently in the 1880's. Not once does Damasio refer to it by this na [...]

    8. In Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain Antonio Damasio uses neurological and physiological markers to delineate the process of emotions and feelings. Then, he further integrates these scientific findings with social studies. This in and of itself was quite impressive and perhaps demonstrates the fields (e.g what individuals call the soft sciences and hard sciences) coming together and taking a different integrative perspective of how mental health can be conceptualized. Of pa [...]

    9. Spinosa, a diferencia de Descartes, consideraba que cuerpo y alma tenían la misma sustancia. Este es el punto de partida de Damasio para explicar las emociones y sentimientos a partir de la neurobiología. Algunas de las cosas que dice el libro: El amor no es otra cosa que un estado placentero, alegría, acompañado por la idea de una causa externa (Spinoza). La mente humana es la idea del cuerpo humano. Tendemos a creer que lo oculto es el origen de lo que se expresa. El sentimiento es lo que [...]

    10. The neuroscientist Antonio Damasio writes pleasant, elegant prose. Unfortunately, aside from that, this book, first published in 2003, is somewhat of a disappointment. The main concern of his scientific career has been to understand the mechanisms underlying "emotions" and "feelings". He has given good accounts of this subject in two previous books: Descartes' Error (1994) and The Feeling of What Happens (1999). What is good about Damasio's writing, especially in the earlier books, is that he do [...]

    11. Een zware bevalling, maar wel wel zeer de moeite. Goed, diepgaand boek over de neurologie van emoties en de daaruit volgende morele en ethische consequenties. Gevoel is een reflectie van de staat van het lichaam, emoties zijn complexen van gevoelens, het rationeel denken er over. De aanvankelijke richting dus lichaam -> geest en niet andersom. Daaruit kan je dit soort pop-pyschologie distilleren, maar dat doet Damasio gelukkig niet. Nauwelijks MRI scans in dit boek, maar veel Spinoza. Die had [...]

    12. Increíble investigación que te lleva a conocerte mejor a ti mismo y a las personas que te rodean.Una forma de descubrir qué somos y cuál es nuestro papel en nuestra vida diaria.

    13. 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. He is also a very informed reader of Spinoza and part of the charm of this book, and there is much charm to be found here, is that he is more than willing to expand on both his field and his interest.Much of the time the researcher and the philosopher are just two different stories. Spinoza could not deliberate on the physiological basis of hum [...]

    14. An excellent explication of many issues. Initially skipped a few sections on the complexity of neural electricity. Re-read other portions over several years, and still pick it up from time to time. Offered it to several friends. On my all time favorites shelf.

    15. Aprendi que emoções são diferentes de sentimentos. Embora em algumas partes o autor torne-se um bocado chato, muito técnico e repetitivo achei o tema muito interessante. Nunca pensei que fosse explicar os sentimentos assim!

    16. Never thought I would understand Spinoza. Never thought I would understand feelings. Never thought I would understand the psychophysiology and chemistry of the brain. Made me even more grateful to doctors and healers of all stripes and plaids.

    17. Not an easy book to go through. Can get a bit too technical and sciencey, also the writing isn't as fluid as others (Perhaps there's a lot of "feelings of ideas" in the writing style which clouds the sentence syntax:)). That said it's a very smart book that explains a lot and also invites a lot of questions regarding the implications of feelings on the cognitive brain. For example, if the brain is built up from emotions to feelings to rational logic, and just as feelings are a more complicated e [...]

    18. Spinoza es un filósofo que me lleva intrigando un tiempo un filósofo muy olvidado, que causa indiferencia o fascinación, y que es difícil de encuadrar, de comprender.Cuando leí la Ética de Spinoza me pregunté cómo había sido dejado de lado de esta manera Sus ideas tienen un toque ciertamente científico, o al menos compatible con descubrimientos científicos posteriores, y sobre todo con la neurología actual, y eso es lo que quiere mostrar este libro. Y lo hace de una manera, a mi pare [...]

    19. Looking for Spinoza is essentially two books wishing it could be one. The first half covers the neurobiology of emotional life. Damasio lays out an interesting overview for a lay reader of how the brain operates as a self regulatory system, connecting this self-regulation to emotions and feelings. The second half is essentially a slim biography of Spinoza. Unfortunately, for a man whose major life events consisted of excommunication, writing philosophy and grinding lenses until he died, there is [...]

    20. Muito interessante a abordagem ao pensamento das emoções, os sentimentos, a consciência e a memória e a importância social destes aspectos, inevitavelmente social. Muito bom o resumo breve da vida de espinosa, um pensador revolucionário na época de ouro da holanda e invulgarmente adiantado. Entre tantos influenciou Freud e Einstein. Ficaram mais ou menos claras as ideias deste filósofo, e a ligação entre elas e a investigação moderna da neurobiologia é pelo menos convicente. Alguns [...]

    21. Antonio Damasio successfully connects the most recent discoveries of neuroscience with the conclusions Spinoza reached in his study, almost 400 years ago. In particular, the idea that the body and the soul are inextricably linked - definitely not an Aristotelian thought - and that the drive to survive, modulated through aeons of evolution, is the main engine that not only sculpted our bodies, but also our emotions and feelings. Spinoza was right about all this, against Descartes, among others. I [...]

    22. “If we do not exist under oppression or in famine and yet cannot convince ourselves how lucky we are to be alive, perhaps we are not trying hard enough.” -Antonio Damasio in Searching for Spinoza.“to face the music and dance [anyway]” Damasio’s conception of the human condition and what to do about it.I enjoyed this book even though it was somewhat dry. I think Damasio's purpose is admirable. He is trying to reconcile current findings in neuroscience with philosophy. In this case, the [...]

    23. Comentários à versão portuguesa : "Ao encontro de Espinosa, as emoções sociais e a neurologia do ser".Achei o livro muito interessante. Embora não estando qualificado para emitir uma opinião técnica, as teses sobre a importância das emoções e dos sentimentos e de como evoluiram e se relacionam no nosso corpo, incluindo obviamente o cérebro, pareceram-me convincentes ainda que eventualmente, como reconhece o próprio autor, um pouco especulativas. Claro que sendo um neurologista, Ant [...]

    24. I have often tried to conceptualize “what are feelings and emotions.” Often feelings and emotions are presented as the opposite of logic and reason. There is a common belief that logic cannot exist where emotion is present. As a therapist I have seen this theory in action many times, and have used this theory in conceptualizing the root problems of my clients. When a client presents as overly emotional, I try to inject more logical and rational thinking in their lives and on the flipside whe [...]

    25. Heel interessant vond ik de hoofdstukken 2 en 3 over de neurobiologische inzichten in emoties en gevoelens. De gedachten dat emoties een gefaseerd verloop hebben en er een verschil is tussen emoties en gevoelens waren nieuw voor mij. Terwijl deze onderwerpen bij uitstek de specialiteit van Damasio zijn, zijn deze hoofdstukken merkwaardig genoeg het meest stroef geschreven (of vertaald). Hoofdstuk 4 sluit ook aan op de neurobiologie - en op voorwetenschappelijke noties van overleven en zelfbehoud [...]

    26. I applaud Damassio for the use of Spinoza as a backdrop in bringing to light the science of emotion and feeling. In doing so, Spinoza not only served as a catalyst for Damassio’s highly academic approach in showing that emotion is indeed a physical entity with a mechanical process like that of a synapse/axon relationship (excuse the analogy, I am a layman in comparison), but also promoted Spinoza’s work giving it its due respect in the world of the hard sciences. Damassio’s "Looking for Sp [...]

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