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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Emotions at least in animals with more dammasio 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.

I find this idea hard to grasp because of the simplicity it suggests regarding emotion regulation.

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. Feb 19, Drenda added it. Lange, who thought of it independently in the ‘s. Antonio Damasio, widely recognized as one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, has for decades been investigating the epinoza foundations of human life.

Is all knowledge “feeling based? I’m still learning and studying his writings.

I feel therefore I am

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. What we do with the information our feelings provide is up to us. El sentimiento es lo que realmente cuenta. If you buy the Enlightenment belief that scientific truth can be obtained and damasil made better for it, then take my review with a grain of salt.


The errors of the theory are chiefly those of exaggeration. Whatever the cause, an investigation into the mechanics of strong feeling has much to promise.

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

He lived from toentirely in Holland. At any rate, that’s how I interpret Damasio’s thesis, and if I’ve misinterpreted it, a lack of clarity may be the reason. 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. This book is, by turns, interesting and frustrating.

Overall, the book was full of food for lookingg. An animal’s main evolutionary objective is to be good at survival and reproduction.

Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain – Antonio R. Damasio – Google Books

Based on neuroscience research he and others dpinoza done, Damasio argues that an episode of emoting begins with an emotionally “competent” stimulus such as an attractive person or a scary house that the organism automatically appraises as conducive to survival or well-being a good thing or not conducive bad.

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His system left no room for transcendence; his God was wholly immanent, in some sense synonymous with nature. Emotion precedes feelings and when one loses the ability to express an emotion the associated feelings will also be lost.


Lookig todos modos, felicitaciones por la destreza verbal y el esfuerzo intelectual. That said loking a very smart book that explains a lot and also invites a lot of questions regarding the implications of feelings on the cognitive brain.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. This was far too much Nietzsche in sheeps clothing and far too little virtue. More By and About This Author.

Em forma de riso e choro, chamamento, abandono. How we get from the former to the latter is known only in part p.

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

Leading neuroscientist Antonio Damasio—whose earlier books explore rational behavior and the notion pooking 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.

Dmasio himself provides a hint as to how this might be done. However, found his sentence structuring elaborately wounded I had to read some sentences twice and repetitive.

Later leading philosophers of the Enlightenment e.