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. 1901  —  Jacques-Marie-Émile Lacan is born in Paris, April 13, to a family of solid […]

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The following description of Cicero’s life is mainly quoted from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. There is also a short description of his life in the context of ancient political philosophy at the Stanford Encyclopedia. The ancient historian Plutarch wrote a long biography of him in 75 CE, which you can find at the MIT […]

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Martin Heidegger was an important German philosopher in the 20th century, who is famous for his theories on existentialism and phenomenology. He was associated with existentialism, despite his efforts to distance himself from it. He had a strong influence on the French existentialist Jean Paul Sartre, for instance. He developed a phenomenological critique of Kant […]

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Emmanuel Levinas is one of the most interesting European thinkers in the 20th Century. He is Jewish and grew up in Russia, studies philosophy with Husserl and Heidegger in Freiburg, fights with the French Army against the Germans, looses his family to the Holocaust, and is captured by the Nazis, but survives. After the war, […]

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Carl Jung was a Swiss psychoanalyst who created a version of psychoanalysis that is still very popular today. His system blends to some degree with New Age thinking, and resonates with a popular cultural trend that is fascinated by mythology, dreams, storytelling, and archetypes. Biography Carl Gustav Jung was born in Switzerland and spent his life […]

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Kierkegaard is a Danish philosopher who lived from May 5, 1813 to November 11, 1855. He is the grandfather of Existentialism, and a forerunner of psychoanalysis, because he bring together psychology, philosophy, and religion, and focuses it all on the individual. He analyses complex feelings like fear, and examines them in relation to existential and religious choices.

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Beckett’s Life. (Quoted from the Samuel Beckett Website) • Born Samuel Barclay Beckett, at Cooldrinagh house, in Foxrock, County Dublin, Ireland on 13 April, 1906, the second of two sons. Parents are middle-class Protestants. • On Monday, April 24th, 1916, the Easter Uprising breaks out in Dublin, but the conflicts take place for the most […]

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