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Judith Miller (philosopher)

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Judith Miller (French: [milɛʁ]; 3 July 1941 – 6 December 2017) was a French psychoanalyst, born in Antibes. She was the daughter of the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan and Sylvia Bataille. Her spouse was Lacanian Jacques-Alain Miller.


As a Maoist philosophy lecturer at Vincennes in Paris, Miller's radicalism was used as a reason for her philosophy department to be decertified.[1] This occurred after she handed out course credit to someone she met on a bus, and subsequently publicly declared in a radio interview that the university is a capitalist institution,[2] and that she would do everything she could to make it run as badly as possible. After this, she was demoted by the French education department to a lycée teacher.[citation needed]


Judith Miller died on 6 December 2017 in Paris, aged 76.


  • "Métaphysique de la physique de Galilée", Cahiers pour l’Analyse 9.9 (1968)
  • Le Champ freudien à travers le monde: textes recueillis, Paris: Seuil, 1986.
  • Album Jacques Lacan: visages de mon père, Paris: Seuil, 1990
  • (with Hervé Castanet) Pierre Klossowski, la pantomime des esprits : suivi d'un entretien de Pierre Klossowski avec Judith Miller, Nantes: C. Defaut, 2007


  1. ^ Roudinesco, Élisabeth (1990). Jacques Lacan & Co. : a history of psychoanalysis in France, 1925-1985. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 558. ISBN 978-0-226-72997-8. Retrieved 5 February 2011. A few months later, Michele Manceaux decided to publish her interview with Judith Miller in the press. At the time, the interviewee had no reaction ... He did so, and also withdrew certification for degrees in philosophy from Vincennes. ...
  2. ^ Miller, James (2000). The Passion of Michel Foucault. Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674001572.

External links[edit]

  • "Judith Miller (1941-)". Concept and Form: The Cahiers pour l’Analyse and Contemporary French Thought. Retrieved 20 September 2014.