Looking for Spinoza

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Looking for Spinoza

Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain

By Antonio R. Damasio

Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780156028714, 368pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2003


The last in a trilogy of books that investigates the philosophical and scientific foundations of human life

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. Leading neuroscientist 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.

Praise For Looking for Spinoza

"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