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Looking for Spinoza : joy, sorrow, and the feeling brain, Antonio Damasio

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Looking for Spinoza : joy, sorrow, and the feeling brain
Title
Looking for Spinoza
Title remainder
joy, sorrow, and the feeling brain
Statement of responsibility
Antonio Damasio
Title variation
Joy, sorrow, and the feeling brain
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Completing the trilogy that began with Descartes' Error and continued with The Feeling of What Happens, noted neuroscientist Antonio Damasio now focuses the full force of his research and wisdom on emotions. He shows how joy and sorrow are cornerstones of our survival. As he investigates the cerebral mechanisms behind emotions and feelings, Damasio argues that the internal regulatory processes not only preserve life within ourselves, but they create, motivate, and even shape our greatest cultural accomplishments. If Descartes declared a split between mind and body, Spinoza not only unified the two but intuitively understood the role of emotions in human survival and culture. So it is Spinoza who accompanies Damasio as he journeys back to the seventeenth century in search of a philosopher who, in Damasio's view, prefigured modern neuroscience. In Looking for Spinoza Damasio brings us closer to understanding the delicate interaction between affect, consciousness, and memory-the processes that both keep us alive and make life worth living. Drawing on research and patients' case studies, leading neurologist Damasio (U. of Iowa Medical Center), author of Descartes' Error, deconstructs the life and thought of this radical 17th century Dutch-Jewish philosopher, who anticipated modern views on mind-body unity, as a springboard for his model of the biological basis for emotions and feelings. This general audience treatment includes illustrations, a glossary, and chronology. Joy, sorrow, jealousy, and awe-these and other feelings are the stuff of our daily lives. Thought to be too private for science to explain and not essential for understanding cognition, they have largely been ignored. But not by Spinoza, and not by Antonio Damasio. Here, in a humane work of science, Damasio draws on his innovative research and on his experience with neurological patients to examine how feelings and the emotions that underlie them support human survival and enable the spirit's greatest creations. Looking for Spinoza reveals the biology of our sophisticated survival mechanisms. It rediscovers a thinker whose work prefigures modern neuroscience, not only in his emphasis on emotions and feelings, but also in his refusal to separate mind and body. Together, the scientist and the philosopher help us understand what we're made of, and what we're here for. Based on laboratory investigations but moving beyond those to society and culture, Looking for Spinoza is a master work of science and writing. Antonio Damasio, widely recognized as one of the world's leading neuroscientists, has for decades been investigating the neurobiological foundations of human life. In Descartes' Error he explored the importance of emotion in rational behavior, and in The Feeling of What Happens he developed the neurobiology of the self. Damasio's new book on feeling and emotion offers unexpected grounds for optimism about our survival and the human condition
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QP401
LC item number
.D203 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Looking for Spinoza : joy, sorrow, and the feeling brain, Antonio Damasio
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [299]-332) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Enter feelings -- Of appetites and emotions -- Feelings -- Ever since feelings -- Body, brain, and mind -- A visit to Spinoza -- Who's there?
Control code
50203846
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 355 pages
Isbn
9780151005574
Lccn
2002011347
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)50203846
Label
Looking for Spinoza : joy, sorrow, and the feeling brain, Antonio Damasio
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [299]-332) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Enter feelings -- Of appetites and emotions -- Feelings -- Ever since feelings -- Body, brain, and mind -- A visit to Spinoza -- Who's there?
Control code
50203846
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 355 pages
Isbn
9780151005574
Lccn
2002011347
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)50203846

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