A Profession Without Reason: On Psychiatry and Spinoza, with Bruce Levine

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Host Paul Roland talks with the rebel psychologist and author's new book

 

 

There's a crisis in psychiatry. Even the former director of the National Institute of Mental Health has said: “Whatever we’ve been doing for five decades, it ain’t working.”  According to today's guest, Bruce Levine, the field of psychiatry requires a completely fresh look, and  Levine finds that needed perspective in the seventeenth-century works of Baruch Spinoza. Readers unfamiliar with Spinoza will be intrigued by his life and the modern relevance of his radical philosophical, psychological, and political ideas. With the help of Spinoza, freethinking, and radical enlightenment, A Profession Without Reason untangles and solves the crisis of contemporary psychiatry.
 
Bruce E. Levine is a practicing clinical psychologist and author of several books including Resisting Illegitimate Authority. He is a regular contributor to CounterPunch, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Salon, Skeptic, and numerous other publications. His website is brucelevine.net.
 
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