Michael's Reviews > Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain

Looking for Spinoza by António R. Damásio
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Jul 25, 2011

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Damasio is a neurologist who has revolutionized our understanding of the interconnections of emotion and reason, mind and body. He continues this work in his latest book exploring the underpinnings of emotional experience and what purpose the conscious experience of emotion may serve. His clinical examples of brain injured patients continue to serve as enlightening examples of how severing the links of felt emotions change more about us than we might otherwise think. Damasio also explores the life of philosopher Benedictus Spinoza who he argues influenced the work of modern thinkers from Freud to James to Einstein. Damasio explores the implications of this work on modern conceptions of spirituality and "the good life". Intriguing but perhaps overly ambitious... Damasio's work continues to be seminal in modern neuroscience so we can forgive him his reach.

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