| 08-03-2009 14:35Looking for Spinoza
Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain
Antonio Damasio (2003)
Spinoza had a theory in which mind and body are two aspects of the same thing. He left no room for a dualist view and as such rebelled against one of his contemporaries: Descartes. This is all very much in line with the ideas of Damasio who is a great fan of Spinoza. Damasio describes his owns views, those of Spinoza and the similarities between the two. There is also a lot of history describing why the ideas of Spinoza might have been forgotten, while Descartes' dualism dominated for so long. For people interested in Spinoza or the background of Damasio this book might be interesting, but it does not add much to the understanding of Damasio's concept of consciousness and how it is rooted in the body along with emotions and feelings as it is described in The Feeling of What Happens.