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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Demasio, with a great illustration from Shakespeare, contends that emotions are observable actions or movements rooted in our physiology while feelings are the private meaning we ascribe to this phenomenon. Spinoza was a Portuguese Jew whose family fled the inquisition for a relatively forr Holland.

Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain Antonio Damasio uses neurological and physiological markers to delineate the process of emotions and feelings. What about the idea that an emotion is a bodily perception?

But it is easy to see how Spinoza could become a favorite of a broad minded neurologist. View Full Version of PW. Emotions automatically occur in our brains and bodies in response to environmental stimuli.

Damasio has a lot to say about emotions and the structure of the brain, some of it exhaustingly deta Inspired by Descartes’ Errorand interested in a neurologist’s interest in philosophers, I sought out Looking for Spinoza. Please try again later.

I took this section to mean that some people are lolking than others at recognizing and utilizing their feelings, dmasio the short-term these people endure less suffering and mental illness. He also takes a fascinating side trip into Spinoza’s philosophy which got me reading “The Ethics,” to my eternal benefit. Demasio’s concepts, while rooted in neuroscience and philosophy, are quite helpful to mental health professionals trying to make sense of their patient’s feelings and how they contribute to maladaptive behaviors.


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

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. From that map, a feeling arises as “an idea of the body when it is perturbed by looing emoting process. Whatever the cause, an investigation into the mechanics of strong feeling has much to promise. Damasio has little light to shed on Spinoza, mostly because the latter lived a very private life. He admits that neurology can’t bridge the gap between anfonio issues and brain issues: Looking for Spinoza is essentially two books wishing it could be one.

Like Spinoza and Damasio, Hazlitt begins with the body.

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

A new treatment for Parkinson’s disease involves implanting tiny electrodes in the patient’s brain-stem. This refutes the James-Lange theory.

Lange, who thought of it independently in the ‘s. This appraisal takes the form of a complex array of physiological reactions e. His book, Descartes’ Error: 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.

Antonio Damasio, widely recognized as one wpinoza the world’s leading neuroscientists, has for decades been investigating the neurobiological foundations of human life. For example, spinpza constant tension and hypervigilence a patient with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder experiences is their body’s natural use of emotions gone awry.


The book lays out clearly the difference between emotions and feelings, till i read this book they were synonymous.

As anyone even remotely familiar with this topic is aware, what Damasio presents here is known as the ”James-Lange” theory of emotion, after the two psychologists, William James and Carl G. Discover what to read next.

For some, there will be shades of Huxley’s Brave Lokking World in these images of white-coated lab technicians probing electrodes into the brain in order to artificially stimulate depression and laughter. Ultimately, Demasio attempts to biologically distinguish between emotions and feelings pleasure and pain as well as describe damasi innate evolutionary functionality to man. Damasio not only explains well the neuroscience of the brain but also the philosophy of Spinoza.

Por ende, debo confesar que me resulto un libro confuso y un tanto absurdo.

How to life a good life and how to alleviate ourselves from suffering – aren’t these the things we’re all looking for?