Contents: A philosophical study of three contemporary critiques of psychiatric theory and practice: those of Thomas Szasz,
R.D. Laing, and Peter Sedgwick. It argues that Szasz's attack is based on a theory of persons and community structured by
autonomy, while Sedgwick relies on an organic model of community and personhood. Laing's critique is criticized for attempting
to articulate a theory of personhood which fails to ground itself in a coherent theory of community.