Who is Jacques Lacan?June 25, 2021
His real and full name is Jacques-Marie Emile Lacan. Known as Jacques Lacan.
He was born on April 13, 1901 in Paris and died on September 9, 1981 in the same place. After studying medicine, he became a psychiatrist in 1932 with his doctoral thesis entitled “Paranoiac Psychosis in Relation to Personality”. His later works will also focus on the theoretical-philosophical field and will tend to re-found psychoanalysis with a new reading of Freud.
Although Lacan’s general theoretical scheme and arguments are understood, it is generally known that his words are quite complex, ambiguous and difficult to understand. Convoluted and intricate puns, metaphors, and difficult-to-understand references dominate this language all the time. Lacan is a difficult writer in this respect, but it should be noted that Lacan spoke more than wrote. His writings consist mostly of notes and records kept by his students and audience. He is famous for his speeches, or rather his seminars. The French intellectuals of the period were strict followers of their seminars. His major work Ecrits was published in 1966. This historical period is a period when structuralism was very effective and strong in France. Therefore, Lacan’s speeches deeply affected the intellectuals of the period and were constantly reinterpreted afterwards.
His work in the field of theoretical psychoanalysis follows a path from structuralism to poststructuralism (beyond Structuralism) with the reinterpretation of Sigmund Freud. Therefore, Lacan takes his place among the important names of 20th century philosophy, not only as an important psychoanalysis theorist, but also by providing the transition in the fields of psychoanalysis, linguistics, anthropology and philosophy from the very beginning, and then with the shocking results of the formulations and concepts he developed on the philosophical plane.
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