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Bruce Fink, Ph.D.

Bruce Fink | Lacanian Psychoanalyst | Author

Lacanian Psychoanalyst

Bruce Fink is a practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor. He trained as a psychoanalyst in France for seven years with and is now a member of the psychoanalytic institute Jacques Lacan created shortly before his death, the École de la Cause freudienne in Paris, and obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII (Saint-Denis). He served as a Professor of Psychology from 1993 to 2013 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center.


Dr. Fink is the author of nine books on Lacan, some of which have been translated into many different languages, including Chinese, Croatian, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek,  Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, 

Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Turkish.

  • The Lacanian Subject: Between Language and Jouissance (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995)

  • A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997)

  • Lacan to the Letter: Reading Écrits Closely (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004)

  • Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique: A Lacanian Approach for Practitioners (New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 2007)

  • Against Understanding: Commentary, Cases, and Critique in a Lacanian Key, 2 volumes (London: Routledge, 2013-2014)

  • Lacan on Love: An Exploration of Lacan's Seminar VIII, Transference (Cambridge: Polity, 2016)

  • Miss-ing: Psychoanalysis 2.O (London: Aeon, 2024)

  • Desire and Its Configurations: A Detailed Exploration of Lacan’s Seminar VI, Desire and Its Interpretation (London: Palgrave, 2024).

A Clinical Introduction to Freud: Techniques for Everyday Practice came out in 2017 (New York: W.W. Norton and Co.)

He has translated several of Lacan’s works, including:

  • Écrits: The First Complete Edition in English (New York: Norton, 2006), for which he received the 2007 nonfiction translation prize from the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation

  • The Seminar, Book XX (1972-1973): Encore, On Feminine Sexuality: The Limits of Love and Knowledge (New York: Norton, 1998)

  • Écrits: A Selection (New York: Norton, 2002)

  • On the Names-of-the-Father (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013)

  • The Triumph of Religion (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013)

  • The Seminar, Book VIII: Transference (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2015)

  • The Seminar, Book VI: Desire and Its Interpretation (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2019)

  • The Seminar, Book XVI: From an Other to the other (Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2023)

  • The Seminar, Book XVIII: On a Discourse that Might Not be about Semblance (Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2024)

He is also the co-editor of three collections on Lacan’s work published by SUNY Press:

  • Reading Seminar XI: Lacan’s Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis (1995)

  • Reading Seminars I and II: Lacan’s Return to Freud (1996)

  • Reading Seminar XX: Lacan’s Major work on Love, Knowledge, and Feminine Sexuality (2002)

He has presented his theoretical and clinical work at over a hundred different conferences, psychoanalytic institutes, and universities in the U.S. and abroad since 1986.


Ph.D., Psychoanalysis, University of Paris, VIII, 1987
M.A., Philosophy, University of Paris, VIII, 1985
B.A., College Scholar Program, Cornell University, 1976

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