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Thomas Szasz
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Thomas Szasz

Dr. Thomas Szasz (born 1920) is Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York.

He is a prolific author and speaker, probably most well known for his books The Myth of Mental Illness and The Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement which set out some of the arguments with which he is most associated.

These stem from classical liberal roots (notably the work of philosopher John Stuart Mill) which are based on the principles that each person has the right to bodily and mental self ownership and the right to be free from violence from others.

Table of contents
1 Szasz's main arguments
2 Notable books
3 See also
4 External links

Szasz's main arguments

Szasz's main arguments can be summarised as follows:

He is often associated with the anti-psychiatry movement of the 1960s and 1970s, however Szasz has never argued against psychiatry, but simply argues that it should be practised contractually between consenting adults with no state interference or coercion.

Szasz' view of psychiatry as a tool of behavior control can be seen as related to the work of Chomsky, whose works Necessary Illusions and Manufacturing Consent address thought and behavior control in democratic societies via propaganda.

Dr. Szasz is, together with the Church of Scientology, a founder of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. Dr. Szasz is a frequent contributor to the libertarian magazine Liberty.

Notable books

See also

External links