The Meaning of Mind: Language, Morality & Neuroscience
In this brilliantly original and highly accessible work, Thomas Szasz demonstrates the futility of analyzing the mind as a collection of brain functions. Instead of trying to unravel the riddle of a mythical entity called "the mind, " Szasz suggests that our task should be to understand and judge persons always as moral agents responsible for their own actions, not as vict...more
Hardcover, 198 pages
Published January 25th 1998 by Praeger Publishers
(first published September 30th 1996)
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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...