Tuesday 7 January 2003

Szasz: Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry. Inner Circle Seminar 70 (20 July 2003)

Thomas Szasz

Thomas Szasz

Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry (1963)
Forty Years On

Anthony Stadlen
Inner Circle Seminar No. 70
Sunday 20 July 2003
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Szasz’s book, The Myth of Mental Illness (1961), argued that ‘mental illness’ and ‘mental health’ were literalised metaphors. His next book, Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry (1963), examined the legal and political motives for, and consequences of, the ‘myth of mental illness’. Szasz criticized compulsory psychiatry and the insanity defence, arguing that they coerce the innocent and excuse the criminal. We ask whether he was right, and explore the implications for psychotherapy, forty years on.

Venue: Room A, Acland Building, Regent’s College, London NW1 4NS

Cost: Students £59, others £76, by 13 July (some bursaries)
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, 64 Dartmouth Park Road, London NW5 1SN
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7485 3896 E-mail: stadlen@aol.com

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