Thursday, 1 January 2009

Szasz in the 21st Century. 3. Words to the Wise (2004). Inner Circle Seminar 136 (25 January 2009)

Thomas Szasz
Phorograph by Steve Peters
Syracuse NY, April 2008
Thomas Szasz
in the 21st Century

3. Words to the Wise:
A Medical-Philosophical Dictionary

Anthony Stadlen
Inner Circle Seminar No. 136
Sunday 25 January 2009
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thomas Szasz remains the world’s foremost moral and existential philosopher of psychiatry and psychotherapy. He has already conducted two Inner Circle Seminars, and will conduct another for his 90th birthday (15 April 2010), 50 years after his paper ‘The Myth of Mental Illness’ (1960) which led to his book The Myth of Mental Illness (1961). By then he will have published at least ten books since the millennium. We are studying each in turn, and aim to catch him up in time for his own 90th birthday seminar. Today we discuss his third 21st–century book, Words to the Wise: A Medical-Philosophical Dictionary (2004). Each seminar is self-contained. You may attend any or all.
Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ
Cost: Students £96, others £120; some bursaries; mineral water, coffee, tea, biscuits, liquorice allsorts included
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:
For further information on seminars, visit:
The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges.

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