Monday 7 January 2008

Szasz in the 21st Century. 1. Pharmacracy (2001). Inner Circle Seminar 130 (20 July 2008)

Thomas Szasz
Photograph by Steve Peters
Syracuse NY, April 2008

Thomas Szasz
in the 21st Century

1. Pharmacracy:
Medicine and Politics in America

Anthony Stadlen
Inner Circle Seminar No. 130
Sunday 20 July 2008
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thomas Szasz remains the world’s foremost moral and existential philosopher of psychiatry and psychotherapy. He kindly calls the Inner Circle Seminars the ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. He has himself conducted two, and will conduct another for his 90th birthday (15 April 2010), 50 years after his paper ‘The Myth of Mental Illness’ (1960), which was followed by the book The Myth of Mental Illness (1961). Before then, we shall study all his (at least ten) 21st–century books published so far. Today, we discuss the first, Pharmacracy (2001). We also mark the 150th anniversary of Rudolf Virchow’s Cellular Pathology (1858) and ask, with Szasz, how the ideas of ‘mental health’ and ‘mental illness’ stand up in the light of Virchow’s scientific definition of disease. Each seminar is self-contained.

Venue: Room C, Regent’s College, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1

Cost: Students £88, others £110, some bursaries, IN ADVANCE
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:

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