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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Details The Feeling of What Happens: The James-Lange theory fails because it ignores what philosophers call the intentionality of emotion — that is, what emotions are about, their representational content, which are generally things outside the body.

As a researcher, Dr. By beginning from the body Spinoza proved himself a proto-biological thinker. But the key area for me was in matching what I might introspectively think and feel, with Damasio’s experimentally substantiated knowledge of the routes through the neural pathways that electrical and chemical signals follow.

Joy, sorrow, jealousy, and awe—these and other feelings are the stuff of our daily lives. The parallel thread in the book concerns the seventeenth century Dutch philosopher Spinoza.

This is a well written book and at times almost lyrical especially the first chapters on Spinoza. Damasio goes on to connect his own views to Spinoza’s and sympathize with that thinker’s “secular religiosity,” xntonio identified God with nature. Spinoza’s monism covered everything under the sun and antonoi. As a classmate noted, the parts about Spinoza are interesting.

Against these are the convoluted writing style – probably the result of writing in a second language – and the rather tenuous tie between Spinoza and the discussion o Damasio has little light to shed on Spinoza, mostly because the latter lived a very private life. 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’ve been fascinated with emotions lately and this was the first of his many books vor this topic.

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For those who seek more than a mere pacifier, they must turn to some activity or cause that is engrossing and subjectively meaningful. Damasio begins to shift our understanding of emotions following feelings, to “feelings [as] mostly shadows of the external manner of emotions” p.

Is it possible that such profound and all-embracing essentials might have a physical location in some particular small corner of the brain? It also seems that he picked up only part of the solution from Spinoza.

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Customers who bought this item also lookjng. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. That’s because the occupation of philosophers is to argue endlessly about issues that can only be satisfactorily resolved by scientific investigation.

And it is quite clear that an emotion can shape the course of a person’s actions over time, as when someone stays in bed all day because he feels depressed. Spinoza is one of the most underrated philosophers in history, and is an important philosopher for neuroscientists.

Spimoza results, rather, from the horribleness of what my grief is about; my bodily sensations may not be particularly horrible in themselves. Read more Read less. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?


Emotions at least in animals with more than a rudimentary nervous system exist to motivate an individual to seek things that favor survival and reproduction shelter, food, sexand to avoid threatening things excessive heat or cold, predators, reproductive rivals.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Damadio, however, is generally considered one of its earliest avatars. In the case of one patient, stimulation to a number of closely located sites had the effect, in Antonio Damasio’s words, of “consistently and exclusively locating laughter”.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

A great book amtonio know about Spinoza and neuroscience. Consequently, Damasio falls back into the usual scientific collapse of mind into body.

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

But wait a minute, says Hazlitt: He cites the 17th century philosopher and early proponent of the role feelings affect plays in human behavior, Baruch Spinoza as the key figure in the repudiation of Descarte’s mind-body dualism.

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