Critical Use of Utilitarian Arguments: Szasz on Paternalism

  • Corinna Delkeskamp
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 5)


Thomas Szasz’s criticism of present public policies with regard to what he calls behavioral deviants must be reconstructed on the basis of utilitarian reasoning, if the criticism is to make sense. If this thesis can be defended, then a direction for future discussion of problems presented by those policies is indicated. After all, the authors contributing to that discussion within the present volume have either ignored or failed to consider adequately the radical, philanthropic, and influential theories of Szasz that happen to oppose their reasonings.


Mental Illness Great Happiness Legal Punishment Insanity Defense Human Happiness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Corinna Delkeskamp
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyPennsylvania State UniversityUSA

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