Szaszian studies

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Szaszian studies are the ideas and writings of psychiatrist Thomas Szasz, who was professor emeritus at State University of New York Upstate Medical University. Psychiatrist Thomas Szasz wrote and published about thirty-five books related to psychiatry and human rights.

Learning about Szaszian studies involves learning about the ideas of psychiatrist Thomas Szasz.

His first major book was The Myth of Mental Illness. Thomas Szasz co-founded the human rights organization Citizens Commission on Human Rights. Thomas Szasz supported the separation of psychiatry and state.

This area of Wikiversity exists to help you understand the ideas and theories of the late professor of psychiatry, Thomas S. Szasz.

The late eminent psychiatrist Thomas Szasz wrote a book called Psychiatric Slavery, and probably coined the term "psychiatric slavery."

Essay ideas and discussion questions[edit | edit source]

You can write an essay about the ideas of Thomas Szasz to absorb his ideas more thoroughly. You can do research before writing the essay.

  • What were Thomas Szasz's most influential ideas?
  • Why did psychiatrist Thomas Szasz advocate for banning the insanity defense and civil commitment?
  • What was psychiatrist Thomas Szasz's reasoning for claiming that civil commitment and the insanity defense were the foundation of psychiatric slavery.
  • Do you agree with the lines of reasoning and theories that Thomas Szasz proposes? Why or why not?
  • How does professor Thomas Szasz use epistemological reasoning to support his claims about psychiatry?
  • How did psychiatrist Thomas Szasz describe problems in living?

Readings and learning materials[edit | edit source]

Szaszian related readings are as follows.

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  • Reliable epistemologies - Emeritus professor Thomas Szasz relied significantly on epistemological reasoning when arriving at the conclusions that he had.

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  • Ten Days in a Mad-House - In his book Psychiatry: The Science of Lies, psychiatrist Thomas Szasz discusses the writings of Nellie Bly. "The book comprised Bly's reportage for the New York World while on an undercover assignment in which she feigned insanity to investigate reports of brutality and neglect at the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island."

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