In her book Crossing: A Memoir (1999), she tells how, as Donald McCloskey, a 52-year-old husband and father, he announced his intention of becoming a woman. A colleague was momentarily stunned. Then: ‘Thank God. ... I thought for a moment you were going to confess to converting to socialism!’ But Donald/Deirdre’s family were less accepting. They arranged that this world-renowned professor should be handcuffed by police and incarcerated for compulsory ‘treatment’ by leading psychiatrists still practising today.
Deirdre McCloskey survived to write such works of fundamental economic-historical-philosophical reorientation and rethinking as her great trilogy The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce (2006), Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World (2010), and Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World (2016). She also supplied Thomas Szasz with important information for his retelling of the story of her psychiatric abuse and imprisonment in his book Faith in Freedom: Libertarian Principles and Psychiatric Practices (2004).
In today’s seminar she will recount these events and discuss with us their psychiatric and political implications. This seminar will be replete with insights for anyone concerned with the existential aspirations of transgender people, the proper practice of psychiatry and psychotherapy, and civil liberties in a democracy. Your contribution will be warmly welcomed.
See also: http://www.deirdremccloskey.com/gender/index.php
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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 universities.