Thomas Szasz: from social behaviorist to dramaturgical-existentialist

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This essay traces Thomas Szasz's intellectual development from the social behaviourism of George Herbert Mead to a dramaturgic-existentialism which he used to reinforce and extend his critique of mental illness. As Mead's model resembles existentialism in several ways, Szasz used both perspectives to overcome aporia in each.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-152
Number of pages14
JournalExistential Analysis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • Szasz
  • Mead
  • social behaviourism
  • dramaturgic-existentialism


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