Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Thomas Szasz: In Memoriam. Inner Circle Seminar 188 (3 March 2013)

Thomas Szasz at his 90th-birthday seminar
13 June 2010 (Inner Circle Seminar No. 153)
Photograph copyright jennyphotos.com
Not to be used without permission

Thomas Szasz
(15 April 1920 8 September 2012)
In Memoriam

Jeffrey Schaler
Morton Schatzman
Anthony Stadlen
conduct
Inner Circle Seminar No. 188
Sunday 3 March 2013
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thomas S. Szasz, who died on 8 September at the age of 92, was the leading 20th- and 21st-century moral philosopher of psychiatry and psychotherapy. But many people saw him as a dangerous and seductive influence, advocating neglect of some of society’s most helpless members. The three Inner Circle Seminars he himself conducted, in 2003, 2007 and 2010, attracted more participants, and more controversy, than any other. However, most of his admirers and advocates, and most of his adversaries, tend to misunderstand what he was saying. Indeed, they are often precluded by their natural-scientistic and medicalistic assumptions from even hearing what he was saying. Today, three of Szasz’s colleagues lead a dialogue to try to clarify the main misunderstandings. Your questions and other contributions to the discussion, whether you know much or little about Szasz, will be warmly welcomed.

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ

(http://www.durrantshotel.co.uk/)
Cost: Psychotherapy trainees £116, others £145, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water and liquorice allsorts included; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail: stadlen@aol.com
For further information on seminars, visit: http://anthonystadlen.blogspot.com/

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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