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Looking For Spinoza

Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain

Antonio Damasio


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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.

Praise For Looking For Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain


"One of the best brain stories of the decade . . . This is a must-read book for anyone wanting a neurologist's perspective on one of the greatest unsolved mysteries."--The New York Times Book Review

"The first truly compelling neurobiological account of the self . . . A remarkable work of intellectual daring."--Nature

"What makes his views so noteworthy is that they're grounded not in theoretical musings but in years of clinical research."--Time

"The book's clear, beautiful language, its fascinating case studies and the way in which it brings difficult scientific issues to life . . . may actually make it a landmark in the interdisciplinary project of consciousness research."--Scientific American


"A tour de force of sheer reflective imagination."--The Times Literary Supplement

"In Descartes' Error, he brings all these gifts together in a fascinating exploration of the biology of research and its inseparable dependence on emotion."--Oliver Sacks

Mariner Books, 9780156028714, 368pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2003

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.