Jean Laplanche was one of Europe’s most distinguished and influential psychoanalytic thinkers. Over more than five decades he developed a systematic re-reading of the Freudian corpus, which sought to go beyond the tendency of Freud himself, and psychoanalysis more generally, to unify and centralise its conceptions of the human subject in a manner that covers over some of the most revolutionary insights of the psychoanalytic discovery. Through a progressive retrieval and reworking of Freud’s “seduction hypothesis”, Laplanche endeavoured to consolidate what he called Freud’s “unfinished Copernican revolution”, revitalising the dimension of otherness in psychoanalytic thought and proposing radical new foundations for its …
Ray, Nicholas. "Jean Laplanche". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 August 2006; last revised 29 July 2012.
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