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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It would be more difficult to see how beautiful and amazingly intelligent emotions can be, and how powerfully they can solve problems for us.

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

More By and About This Author. The James-Lange theory fails because it ignores what philosophers call the intentionality of emotion — that is, what emotions forr about, their representational content, which are generally things outside the body. Locke, Hume, Leibniz, and Kant apparently studied the Ethics – but were fearful of acknowledging its influence on them. In “Descartes’ Error” he explored the importance of emotion in rational behavior, and in “The Feeling of What Happens” he developed spinoa neurobiology of the self.

Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain, was published in I believe in Monolism and the idea of feelings variably related to the homeostasis of the b I spinozq this book but found some parts weary to read. The second half is essentially a slim biography of Spinoza. So far not as good as “Blink” or “Opening Skinner’s Box”.

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Nor do we try to assuage someone’s grief by attending to her bodily sensations; instead we talk about what she is grieving over. Quotes from Looking for Spino Made me even more grateful to doctors and healers of all stripes and plaids. Nov 12, Stephen rated it it was ok. 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”.


It appears that Damasio wanted to write on what interested him about Spinoza, but didn’t have enough to fill a whole book.

In the avoidance of unwanted feelings sometimes more emotional damage emanates rather than in accepting feelings as indicators that something in going on within. He was the first to understand the relationship with the environment, and the ethics of emotions.

For example, if the brain is built up from emotions to feelings to rational logic, and just as feelings are a more complicated expression of emotions, would we then say that rational logic is just a more complex expression fro feelings?

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His current work involves the social emotions, decision neuroscience and creativity. As Wittgenstein remarks in his classic discussion of this theory, the horribleness of my grief when someone I love dies cannot be explained as the horribleness of the sensations I feel in my body.

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

There Spinoza participated in the Jewish community, but eventually was alienated from it, because he had attained views of his own, characteristic of the Enlightenment. Published December 1st by Mariner Books first published He was excommunicated for his pains and for a century his influence went largely underground it has recently been unearthed in Jonathan Israel’s magisterial book, Radical Enlightenment.

For a devastating critique of this book see: They seem to form a bridge between the sensory and motor systems. However, if I’m wrong in this, if Damasio has an errant view of philosphy, the book spioza not spiniza by this; it remains equally useful to read a tract with dzmasio faulty viewpoint, as long as we, the readers, use it as grist for critical thinking.

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

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

Imagine a child putting a hand in a flame. The amount of energy that they expend in that process at times is significant. Unfortunately, for a man whose major lookig events consisted of excommunication, writing philosophy and grinding lenses until he died, there isn’t much that Damasio could add to our knowledge of Spinoza.


He’s able to tie together very complex thing into understandable words. He lived from toentirely in Holland. El sentimiento es lo que realmente cuenta.

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. Again and again in this book’s account of how emotions, “played out in the theatre of the body”, precede the work of the mind, I was reminded of the first work of one of my heroes: The low point came with the rather absurd statement that placing self-preservation and it’s biological mechanisms at the center of human ethical systems was in no way problematic, as if that hadn’t been the ostensible justification for a horde of repugnant choices, national efforts and reform programs throughout history.

To adopt Damasio’s terms, the brain is mapping a body that is still only imaginary. No one really denies the trouble that happens with the appearance of that ultimate organizer, consciousness.

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. But anybody prepared to cross disciplinary boundaries in their vamasio into what it means to be human should take serious notice: Nonetheless, a difficult but worthwhile read.

Is it possible that such profound and all-embracing essentials might have a physical location in some particular small corner of the brain?

In Looking for Spinoza: It rediscovers a thinker whose work prefigures modern neuroscience, not only in his emphasis on spknoza and feelings, but also in his refusal to separate mind and body. Por ter sido e por termos acontecido. The low point came with the rather absurd s 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.