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Jacques Lacan

Psychoanalyst from France

Jacques Marie Émile Lacan (French pronunciation: [ʒak lakɑ̃]; April 13, 1901 – September 9, 1981) was a French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist who made prominent contributions to psychoanalysis and philosophy, and has been called "the most controversial psycho-analyst since Freud". Lacan's post-structuralist theory rejected the belief that reality can be captured in language. Giving yearly seminars in Paris from 1953 to 1981, Lacan influenced France's intellectuals in the 1960s and the 1970s, especially the post-structuralist philosophers. His interdisciplinary work was as a "self-proclaimed Freudian....'It is up to you to be Lacanians if you wish. I am a Freudian'"; and featured the unconscious, the castration complex, the ego, identification, and language as subjective perception. His ideas have had a significant impact on critical theory, literary theory, 20th-century French philosophy, sociology, feminist theory, film theory and clinical psychoanalysis. Lacan was born in Paris, the eldest of Emilie and Alfred Lacan's three children. His father was a successful soap and oils salesman. His mother was ardently Catholic—his younger brother went to a monastery in 1929 and Lacan  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1901-04-13
Place of birth
Paris
Nationality
France
Spouse(s)
Marie-Louise Blondin Sylvia Bataille
Children
Caroline Lacan Sibylle Lacan Judith Miller Judith Miller Thibaut Lacan
Profession
Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Philosopher

Death

Date of death
1981-09-09
Cause of death
Colorectal cancer
Place of death
Paris
Place of burial
Guitrancourt

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