A Celebration of the Life and Work of Thomas Szasz

Dr. Szasz
Brilliant, thought-provoking and the world’s most recognized psychiatrist over the past 50 years, Dr. Szasz was Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse since 1956 (Emeritus since 1990), Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Humanist of the Year (1973). With 35 books, including “Myth of Mental Illness”, over 400 written pieces and hundreds of presentations, the always lucid, witty and provocative Dr Szasz has been seen as a “philosopher of liberty”, humanist, libertarian, and “the biggest of the antipsychiatry intellectuals”.


Friday, August 8, 2014
Everson Museum
8am to 3pm - reception to follow

Tentative Agenda
8:15- 8:45 Registration
8:45- 9:00 Welcome

Gregory Eastwood, MD,
Interim President
SUNY Upstate Medical University


Robert Gregory, MD,
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry

The Life of Thomas Szasz
9:00- 9:20 Tom Szasz: a Portrait of a Remarkable Man Eugene Kaplan, MD
Professor and Chair Emeritus
The Work of Thomas Szasz: Theoretical aspects
9:20- 9:30 Rules of Engagement Mantosh Dewan, MD
Distinguished Service Professor
9:30- 10:10 Language, Logic and Metaphor in the Writing of Thomas Szasz
Suggested Readings:
Fifty Years After the Myth of Mental IllnessPDF Icon
Mental Illness is No Metaphor: Five Uneasy PiecesPDF Icon
On Myths and CountermythsPDF Icon
Psychiatric Diagnosis and the Pathologist's View of SchizophreniaPDF Icon
Ronald Pies, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
10:10- 10:50 Agency and responsibility
Suggested Readings:
Insanity: The Idea and it's ConsequencesPDF Icon
Illustrative TextsPDF Icon
Robert Daly, MD
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry
10:50- 11:30 Suicide prohibition: Shame, Blame or Social Aim?
Suggested Readings:
Criteria for a Good DeathPDF Icon
Suicide and Communal ValuesPDF Icon
The Shame of Medicine ProhibitionPDF Icon
Why are people with mental illness excluded from the rational suicide debate?PDF Icon
James Knoll, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry
11:30- 1:00 Lunch on your own
1:30- 2:10 Incompetence to be tried, the insanity defense, and involuntary commitment: The Szaszian Libertarian View Fred Cohen, Esq
Teaching Professor of Psychiatry;
Professor Emeritus, Graduate School Of Criminal Justice, SUNY Albany
The Work of Thomas Szasz: Clinical aspects
2:10- 2:50 The clinical wisdom of Thomas Szasz
Mantosh Dewan, MD
Distinguished Service Professor
3:00- 5:00 Reception outside around fountains