The Meaning of Mind: Language, Morality & Neuroscience
In The Meaning of Mind, Thomas Szasz argues that only as a verb does the word "mind" mean something in the real world, namely, attending or heeding. Minding is the ability to pay attention and adapt to one's environment by using language to communicate with others and oneself. Viewing the "mind" as a potentially infinite variety of self-conversations is the key that unlock...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published September 30th 1996 by Praeger
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I really enjoyed this book. Mr. Szasz has a difficult name to spell like mine for one thing. However, all chuckles aside, Thomas Szasa shows the humor of our interpetations of what we percieve, the history of some aspects how we view the world, ourselves and the historionics which affect our perceptions, apperceptions and the ways in which we view what we know about ourselves and constructs which color our views of society. In addition Thomas Szasz in his wisdom of experience directs us to aspec...more
A fantastic book! a thought provoking overview of our desire to make fluid phenomena static in order to dress it up in a scientific outfit. Our societys unwillingness to accept and ascribe responsibility to actions and hide behind scientific metaphors is unbelievable and Szasz paints the picture convincingly in this book. Together with his Myth of mental illness, I consider this the best book by Szasz.
Thomas Stephen Szasz (pronounced /sas/; born April 15, 1920 in Budapest, Hungary) is a psychiatrist and academic. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. He is a prominent figure in the antipsychiatry movement, a well-known social critic of the moral and scientific foundations of psychiatry, and of the social control a...moreMore about Thomas Stephen Szasz...