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Leavy, S.A. (1977). The Significance of Jacques Lacan. Psychoanal Q., 46:201-219.

(1977). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 46:201-219

The Significance of Jacques Lacan

Stanley A. Leavy, M.D.


The contemporary French psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan, has offered a reinterpretation of basic Freudian concepts that is to a great extent based on the structural linguistics of F. de Saussure. Certain fundamental ideas of Lacan, such as his views that "the unconscious is structured like a language" and that "the unconscious is the discourse of the Other" are examined here, and an attempt is made to place them in perspective in psychoanalysis.

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