Jacques Lacan

1901 - 1981

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Jacques Marie Émile Lacan (UK: , US: , French: [ʒak maʁi emil lakɑ̃]; 13 April 1901 – 9 September 1981) was a French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist who has been called "the most controversial psycho-analyst since Freud". Giving yearly seminars in Paris from 1953 to 1981, Lacan’s work has marked the French and international intellectual landscape, having made a significant impact on continental philosophy and cultural theory in areas such as post-structuralism, critical theory, feminist theory and film theory as well as on psychoanalysis itself. Lacan took up and discussed the whole range of Freudian concepts emphasising the philosophical dimension of Freud’s thought and applying concepts derived from structuralism in linguistics and anthropology to its development in his own work which he would further augment by employing formulae from predicate logic and topology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacques Lacan has received more than 2,306,971 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Jacques Lacan is the 8th most popular psychologist, the 118th most popular biography from France (down from 111th in 2019) and the most popular French Psychologist.

Jacques Lacan is most famous for his idea that the unconscious is structured like a language. This idea is based on the idea that the unconscious is structured like a language.

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Among psychologists, Jacques Lacan ranks 8 out of 182Before him are Carl Jung, Jean Piaget, Abraham Maslow, Alfred Adler, Erich Fromm, and John Dewey. After him are Lev Vygotsky, Erik Erikson, Wilhelm Wundt, William James, Carl Rogers, and Viktor Frankl.

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Among people born in 1901, Jacques Lacan ranks 8Before him are Hirohito, Werner Heisenberg, Louis Armstrong, Marlene Dietrich, Enrico Fermi, and Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia. After him are Linus Pauling, Sukarno, Rudolf Höss, Clark Gable, Fulgencio Batista, and Leopold III of Belgium. Among people deceased in 1981, Jacques Lacan ranks 3Before him are Bob Marley and Anwar Sadat. After him are Albert Speer, Moshe Dayan, Max Euwe, William Wyler, Hans Adolf Krebs, Marcel Breuer, Frederica of Hanover, Soong Ching-ling, and Natalie Wood.

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Among people born in France, Jacques Lacan ranks 118 out of 5,234Before him are Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (1708), Georges Danton (1759), François Villon (1431), Nicolas Flamel (1330), Joseph Fourier (1768), and Madame de Pompadour (1721). After him are Philippe Pétain (1856), Anatole France (1844), Louis XVII of France (1785), Alexandre Dumas fils (1824), Georges Braque (1882), and Pope Clement V (1264).


Among psychologists born in France, Jacques Lacan ranks 1After him are Gustave Le Bon (1841), Alfred Binet (1857), Princess Marie Bonaparte (1882), Pierre Janet (1859), Théodule-Armand Ribot (1839), Émile Coué (1857), Henri Wallon (1879), Françoise Dolto (1908), and Jean Laplanche (1924).