THOMAS SZASZ (1920 - )


  • The Myth of Mental Illness?  Philosophy, Psychiatry, Morality and the Mind, Southampton Solent University, October 27



  • Anthologies:

    • The Medicalization of Everyday Life: Selected Essays.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 2007.

    • Ideology and Insanity: Essays on the Psychiatric Dehumanization of Man.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1970.

  • Edited Works:

    • The Age of Madness: A History of Involuntary Mental Hospitalization Presented in Selected Texts. New York: Doubleday Anchor, 1973.

  • Selected Individual Works:

    • Psychiatry: the Science of Lies.  Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 2008.

    • Coercion as Cure: a Critical History of Psychiatry.  Somerset, NJ: Transaction, 2007.

    • My Madness Saved Me: the Madness and Marriage of Virginia Woolf.  New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 2006.

    • Faith in Freedom: Libertarian Principles and Psychiatric Practices.  New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 2004.

    • Words to the Wise: a Medical-Philosophical Dictionary.  New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 2004.

    • Liberation by Oppression: a Comparative Study of Slavery and Psychiatry.  New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 2002.

    • Cruel Compassion: Psychiatric Control of Society's Unwanted.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1996.

    • Fatal Freedom: the Ethics and Politics of Suicide.  Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996.

    • The Meaning of Mind: Language, Morality, and Neuroscience.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1996.

    • Pharmacracy: Medicine and Politics in America. Westport CT: Praeger, 1996.

    • A Lexicon of Lunacy: Metaphoric Malady, Responsibility, and Psychiatry.  New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 1993.

    • Our Right to Drugs: the Case for a Free Market.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1992.

    • The Untamed Tongue: a Dissenting Dictionary.  Chicago: Open Court, 1990.

    • Insanity: the Idea and its Consequences.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1987.

    • The Therapeutic State: Psychiatry in the Mirror of Current Events.  Buffalo: Prometheus, 1984.

    • Sex by Prescription.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1980.

    • The Myth of Psychotherapy: Mental Healing as Religion, Rhetoric, and Repression.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1978.

    • Psychiatric Slavery: When Confinement and Coercion Masquerade as Cure.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1977.

    • The Theology of Medicine: the Political-Philosophical Foundations of Medical Ethics.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1977.

    • Anti-Freud: Karl Kraus and his Criticism of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1976.  Rpt. as Karl Kraus and the Soul-Doctors: a Pioneer Critic and his Criticism of Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 1990.

    • Ceremonial Chemistry: the Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers.  Holmes Beach, FL: Learning Publications, 1976.

    • Heresies.  New York: Doubleday Anchor, 1976.

    • Schizophrenia: the Sacred Symbol of Psychiatry.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1976.

    • The Second Sin.  New York: Doubleday, 1973.

    • The Manufacture of Madness: a Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1970.

    • The Ethics of Psychoanalysis: the Theory and Method of Autonomous Psychotherapy.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1965.

    • Psychiatric Justice.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1965.

    • Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry: an Inquiry into the Social Uses of Mental Health Practices.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1963.

    • The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct.  New York: Harper & Row, 1961.

    • Pain and Pleasure: a Study of Bodily Feelings.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1957.




  • Anthologies:

    • J. A. Schaler, ed.  Szasz Under Fire: the Psychiatric Abolitionist Faces His Critics.  Chicago: Open Court, 2004.

  • Selected Individual Works:

    • Vatz, Richard E., and Lee S. Weinberg.  Thomas Szasz: Primary Values and Major Contentions.  Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 1983.




PHILWEB was last updated:
May 18, 2017

PHILWEB is edited by
Richard L. W. Clarke

Please direct all queries HERE

This site will always be a work in progress as a result of which pages will be found at various stages of completion.

Philosophy's Other: Theory on the Web

↑ Grab this Headline Animator

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works 3.0 License.