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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Nonetheless, a difficult but worthwhile damaso. Nunca pensei que fosse explicar os sentimentos assim! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. That entailed the development of an advanced nervous system, which needed to become more complex as the world became more complex.

Spinoza was a Portuguese Jew whose family fled the inquisition for a relatively tolerant Holland. Damasio’s particular expertise is in the area of brain injury: The first half covers the neurobiology of emotional life. Jan 28, Dragos C Butuzea rated it really liked it.

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

We do often cry because we are sad — even sipnoza the crying can work to augment the feeling. They are not necessarily conscious. Unfortunately, aside from that, this book, first published inis somewhat of a disappointment. It makes good evolutionary sense. Nov 10, Elizabeth rated it really liked it.

Review: Looking for Spinoza by Antonio Damasio | Books | The Guardian

Not an easy book to go through. 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.


On my all time favorites shelf. The book reveals a lot about the Jewish community’s practices and political position in 17th-century Amsterdam.

This tor takes the form of a complex array of physiological reactions e. For me, glimpses into Spinoza’s life interspersed with the technical interpretations added allure to the presentation. What are the first two books in the trilogy? He has given good accounts of this subject in two damazio books: For instance, a person who is capable of consciousness may have a “je ne sais quoi” sensation of fear on encountering an animal or object or situation with which the individual has had a negative experience in the past, even if that has been forgotten.

By beginning from the body Spinoza proved himself a proto-biological thinker. Dec 04, Michael rated it it was ok.

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

Want to Read saving…. The great advantage of the Cartesian elevation of mind over world was that it could be reconciled with St Paul’s distinction between the eternal soul and the mortal body. Nov 29, Jon Stout rated it really liked it Recommends it for: He has a lot to teach us about ethics in the age of genetic engineering. 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.

From Order to Disorder Michael J. I love Damasio’s drive to fit his scientific work into a philosophical overview, which is both theoretical and personal. In Looking for Spinoza: But what does that mean for us humans? Dec 22, Andrea rated it liked it.


As far as the two chapters on Spinoza are concerned, they may be the most interesting part of the book in spite of their brevity. I also enjoyed that Damasio included a bit of philosophical flavor throughout the whole of this book. The human mind thus has a natural capacity not only for self-interest, as Hobbes had proposed, but also for disinterest in the proper sense of the word.

Before getting out his knife, the surgeon has to identify the brain areas that must not be removed because they do essential lopking controlling speech and vision, for instance.

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

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. Third, Spinoza’s opinions on religion aren’t crystal clear. Aug 18, Fred Melden rated it liked it. But it is easy to see how Spinoza could become a favorite of a broad minded neurologist.

Other reviewers have objected to some of the philosophical positions either stated or implied. Then she began to cry and to speak of her hopelessness, her sense of worthlessness, of disappearing down a dark hole. Damasio is a first-grade neuroscientist and a decent writer on that matter as well.

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