Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Thomas Szasz Centenary: Was Szasz a ‘Cartesian Dualist’? Anthony Stadlen conducts Inner Circle Seminar 257 (19 April 2020)

Thomas S. Szasz
(15 April 1920 – 8 September 2012)
Was Szasz a ‘Dualist?’
A centenary recapitulation and clarification

Anthony Stadlen
conducts Inner Circle Seminar No. 257
Sunday 19 April 2020
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thomas Szasz
at his 90th-birthday Inner Circle Seminar
Sunday 13 June 2010
Just about everybody, and certainly most so-called existential therapists and Daseinsanalysts if they had heard of him, deplored what Thomas Szasz said. Never mind that he usually didn’t say it. One of the most deplorable things about Szasz was said to be his lack of compassion for those suffering from ‘mental illness’. This was said to be a consequence of his deplorable ‘Cartesian dualism’. Did Szasz lack compassion? Was he a ‘Cartesian dualist’? In honour of Szasz’s centenary, Anthony Stadlen, close friend and colleague of Thomas Szasz, demystifies the muddle.

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ
Subscription: Psychotherapy trainees £140, others £170, some bursaries; coffee, tea, Durrants Rock, mineral water included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857  iPhone: 07809 433 250
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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.

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