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Jean Laplanche (June 21, 1924 – May 6, 2012) was a French author, theorist and psychoanalyst. Laplanche is best known for his work on psychosexual development and Sigmund Freud's seduction theory, and wrote more than a dozen books on psychoanalytic theory. The journal Radical Philosophy described him as "the most original and philosophically informed psychoanalytic theorist of his day."

From 1988 to his death, Laplanche was the scientific director of the German to French translation of Freud's complete works (Oeuvres Complètes de Freud / Psychanalyse — OCF.P) in the Presses Universitaires de France.


  • Hölderlin et la question du père, Paris, PUF, 1961.; Hölderlin and the question of the father, Victoria, ELS Editions n° 97, 2007, ISBN 978-1-55058-379-3
  • Vocabulaire de la psychanalyse (The Language of Psycho-Analysis), Paris, PUF, 1967.
  • Vie et mort en psychanalyse (Life and Death in Psychoanalysis), Paris, Flammarion, 1970.
  • Problématiques I: L'angoisse, Paris, PUF, 1980.
  • Problématiques II: Castration-Symbolisations, Paris, PUF, 1980.
  • Problématiques III: La Sublimation, Paris, PUF, 1980.
  • Problématiques IV: L'inconscient et le ça, Paris, PUF, 1981.
  • Fantasme originaire. fantasmes des origines, origines du fantasme (Fantasy and the Origins of Sexuality), Paris, Hachette 1985.
  • Problématiques V: Le baquet-transcendence du transfert, Paris, PUF, 1987.
  • Nouveaux fondements pour la psychanalyse (New Foundations for Psychoanalysis), Paris, PUF, 1987.
  • Traduire Freud, Paris, PUF, 1989.
  • La révolution copernicienne inachevée (Travaux 1967-1992), Paris, Aubier 1992 ISBN 2-7007-2166-7. Réédition : Le Primat de l'autre en psychanalyse, Paris, Flammarion, 1997, ISBN 2-08-081390-0; rééd. sous le titre La Révolution copernicienne inachevée : PUF / Quadrige, 2008. [La pulsion pour quoi faire(Paris, APF, 1984) and "Le mur et l'arcade" are now in the book : La révolution copernicienne inachevée]
  • Le fourvoiement biologisant de la sexualité chez Freud, Paris, Les empêcheurs de penser en rond, 1993.
  • Entre séduction et inspiration: l'homme, Paris, PUF, 1999.
  • Problématiques VI: L'après-coup - La "Nachträglichkeit" dans l'après-coup (1990–1991), Paris, PUF, 2006. (The better English translation of "Nachträglichkeit" is afterwardsness; the old translation was deferred action )
  • Problématiques VII: Le fourvoiement biologisant de la sexualité chez Freud suivi de Biologisme et biologie, Paris, PUF, 2006.
  • Sexual. La sexualité élargie au sens freudien. 2000-2006, Paris, PUF, 2007.

Since 2010, the translation in English of Jean Laplanche's complete works has begun.

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