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Jacques Lacan
Born (1901-04-13)13 April 1901
Paris, France
Died 9 September 1981(1981-09-09) (aged 80)
Paris, France
Education Collège Stanislas
University of Paris
(certificate of specialist in legal medicine, 1931; M.D., 1932)
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Psychoanalysis
Institutions University of Paris VIII
Main interests
Notable ideas
Mirror phase
The Real
The Symbolic
The Imaginary
Graph of desire
Split subject
Objet petit a

Jacques Lacan (Paris, 13 April 1901 – Paris, 9 September 1981) was a French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist. He added new ideas to psychoanalysis and philosophy. Some of these ideas are the mirror stage, the three orders of subjectivity (the Imaginary, the Symbolic, and the Real), the "Object little a" and "jouissance". He talked every year at seminars from 1953 to 1981. In the 1960s and 1970s, he influenced many French intellectuals. He also talked about going back to the ideas of Sigmund Freud. He called himself a Freudian (follower of Freud).

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