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Lacanian psychoanalysis is a form of psychoanalytic theory and practice derived from Jacques Lacan’s reformalization of Freudian concepts. Drawing from philosophy, structural linguistics and anthropology, logic, and mathematics, Lacan (1901–1981) developed key Freudian insights relevant both to the centrality of speech and language in analysis and to construction of a theoretically derived diagnostic framework.

Historical Context

Lacan’s early training was at the Faculté de médecine de Paris, where he treated a number of patients suffering from automatism. This work coincided with his developing interest in surrealist and psychoanalytical approaches to unconscious processes. He became involved in the nascent French psychoanalytical movement, entering analysis with Rudolph Lowenstein in 1932. Lacan was among the diverse audience of French intelligentsia at Alexandre Kojève’s lectures on Georg Hegel. His first formal ...

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