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Jacques Lacan

Lacan: The Mirror Stage

The idea of the “mirror stage” is an important early component in Lacan’s reinterpretation of the work of Freud. Drawing on work in physiology and animal psychology, Lacan proposes that human infants pass through a stage in which an external...

/ March 25, 2017

Lacan’s Life

The following chronology of Lacan’s life and work is based on a list of dates, publications, and events, assembled by the authors of Lacan.com. There is also an excellent overview of his life and his work at the Stanford Encyclopedia for Philosophy....

/ December 6, 2016

Transference in Freud and Lacan

What is “transference”? “Transference” is a psychoanalytic term that refers to something that is very common in daily life: People displace unresolved conflicts, dependencies, and aggressions onto others (e.g. substituting a lover, spouse, etc. for one’s parent) for reasons that...

/ November 17, 2014

Theology in Freud and Lacan

Freud is an atheist; God does not exist for him. For Freud and Lacan, the hypothesis of God’s existence contradicts the principles and results of modern science. The task of psychoanalysis is to explain not only the existence and the...

/ February 9, 2014

Lacanian Graph of Desire

Lacan developed his graph of desire in four stages – you find them below. The graphs and the theory behind it can be found in the 1960 essay “The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the...

/ December 4, 2013

Subject, Ego, Person

This short essay, written in August and September 2001, could also be entitled “The Religious Roots of  Our Concept of the Person.” I argue that: we need to make a distinction between “something” and “someone;” this was done in the...

/ September 23, 2011

Jacques Lacan Quotes

Lacan (1901-1981) was a French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist. He made major contributions to psychoanalysis and philosophy, and has been called “the most controversial psycho-analyst since Freud”. He gave yearly seminars in Paris, from 1953 to 1981. He had a strong influence on France’s intellectuals in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and he is...

/ September 22, 2011

Lacan’s Baltimore Lecture 1966

Of Structure as an Inmixing of an Otherness Prerequisite to Any Subject Whatever (Lacan Talk at John Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1966) Somebody spent some time this afternoon trying to convince me that it would surely not be a pleasure for...

/ September 19, 2011

Interview with Jacques Lacan

Interview with Jacques Lacan, 1957 Published in L’Express in May 1957. Interviewer: A psychoanalyst is very intimidating. One has the feeling that he could manipulate you as he wishes, that he knows more than you about the motives of your...

/ September 19, 2011