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An evening with Jean-Bertrand Pontalis

An evening with Jean-Bertrand Pontalis

This is a discussion about Jean-Bertrand Pontalis's philosophy and engagement in left-wing political movements.

Jean-Bertrand Pontalis (1924-2013) was a French philosopher, psychoanalyst, publisher and writer. After studying philosophy, he got involved in politics when he joined left-wing political movements along with famous French intellectuals Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Paul Sartre, who was also his teacher. In 2011, he was awarded le Grand prix de littérature de l'Académie française. His most famous work 'Vocabulaire de la psychanalyse' (written along with Jean Laplanche) was published in 1967 and has since been translated in numerous languages.

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