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 Illness PDF Icon
Mental Illness is No Metaphor: Five Uneasy Pieces PDF Icon
On Myths and Countermyths PDF Icon
Psychiatric Diagnosis and the Pathologist's View of Schizophrenia PDF Icon
Ronald Pies, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
10:10- 10:50 Agency and responsibility
Suggested Readings:
Insanity: The Idea and it's Consequences PDF Icon
Illustrative Texts PDF 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 Death PDF Icon
Suicide and Communal Values PDF Icon
The Shame of Medicine Prohibition PDF 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