Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain (Paperback)

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A "clear, accessbile" investigation into the philosophical and scientific foundations of human life, from one of the world's leading neuroscientists (San Francisco Chronicle).

Joy, sorrow, jealousy, and awe??—??these and other feelings are the stuff of our daily lives. In the seventeenth century, the philosopher Spinoza devoted much of his life's work examining how these emotions supported human survival, yet hundreds of years later the biological roots of what we feel remain a mystery.

Antonio Damasio??—??whose earlier books explore rational behavior and the notion of 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.

About the Author

ANTONIO DAMASIO is the David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. He is also an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla. He is a member of both the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Descartes’ Error was an international bestseller. The Feeling of What Happens has been translated into seventeen languages.

Praise For…

"Clear, accessible and at times eloquent . . . Nothing less than a new vision of the human soul."-San Francisco Chronicle

"Compelling."-Scientific American

"Exceptionally engaging and profoundly gratifying."-Nature

"Damasio has the rare talent of rendering science intelligible while also being gifted in philosophy, literature and wit."

— Margaret Jacob

"Looking for Spinoza is exceptionally engaging and profoundly gratifying."

— Ray Dolan

"In clear, accessible and eloquent prose, Damasio is outlining a new vision of the human soul."

— William Kowinski


— Scientific American
Product Details
ISBN: 9780156028714
ISBN-10: 0156028719
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: December 1st, 2003
Pages: 368
Language: English