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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Dec 22, Andrea rated it liked it. Damasio not only explains well the neuroscience of the brain but also the philosophy of Spinoza. Both start from a foundation of human behavior that centers in the individual’s basic need to maintain itself. Later leading philosophers of the Enlightenment e. 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 lookinb with which the individual has had a negative experience in the past, even if that has been forgotten.

I feel therefore I am

Paperbackpages. I may have various sensations in my body that express this emotion — say, lightness in my limbs and a warm feeling in my viscera.

All sorts of things stimulate us into sadness or joy: Emotions, whether conscious or not, are what motivates animal behavior. For these alone, the book is worth reading. Goed, diepgaand boek over de neurologie van emoties en de daaruit volgende morele en ethische consequenties. Ao mesmo tempo que se abarca. He admits that neurology can’t bridge the gap between mind issues and brain issues: It seems unlikely that inhabitants of the planet Vulcan, like Mr.


View all 3 comments. Joy, sorrow, jealousy, and awe–these and other feelings are the stuff of our daily lives. That’s because the occupation of philosophers is to argue endlessly about issues that can only be satisfactorily resolved by scientific investigation. I Antonio Damasio successfully connects the most recent discoveries of neuroscience with the conclusions Spinoza reached in his study, almost years ago. Science and nature books Higher education Philosophy books reviews.

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. Is there any idea in our world that exists outside our feeling brain?

He is also in the editorial board of many important journals in the field. 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.

What is ffor about Damasio’s writing, especially in the earlier books, is that he do The neuroscientist Antonio Damasio writes pleasant, elegant prose. It was as if the symptoms of depression had simply been switched on with the charge to a particular point in her brain and switched off again just as quickly.

Spinoza’s odyssey is inspiring, as is Damasio’s obvious admiration of it, and his own efforts to model his own life as a scientist on a comparable philosophical framework. His philosopher hero, Spinoza, would not have allowed such a collapse, since that eliminates an aspect of a thing, and Spinoza was all about inclusion. Nov 12, Stephen rated it it was ok.

Thus a worm can react with alarm, but we conscious beings feel our bodies change when we are alarmed, and we can be alerted to consider why we are alarmed and what we want to do about it. Are things like “fear”, “pleasure”, “shame”, etc. He has a lot to teach us about ethics in the age of genetic engineering. In the avoidance of unwanted feelings sometimes more emotional damage emanates rather than in accepting feelings as indicators that something in going on within.


A section that I also enjoyed reading and find applicable to my work as a clinician is that of joy and sorrow. Een zware bevalling, maar wel wel zeer de moeite. Damasio goes on to connect his own views to Spinoza’s and sympathize with that thinker’s “secular religiosity,” which identified God with nature.

This book is, by turns, interesting and frustrating.

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They seem to form a bridge between the sensory and motor systems. This was mostly before what historians consider the “Age of Enlightenment”, which flowered in the 18th century. Por ende, debo confesar que damsio resulto un libro confuso y un tanto absurdo. Lange, who thought of it independently in the ‘s.

No puede tampoco decirse que Spinoza haya sido una per Es un trabajo serio y por eso le doy 3. Account Options Sign in.

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

I read the book with an open mind yet could not help but think of my clients as their difficulties with feelings, affect, and emotion regulation are relevant to the topic. This was far too much Nietzsche in sheeps clothing and far too little virtue.

Overall, the book was full of food for thought.