The Societe Psychanalytique de Paris announcement of the death of Andre Green, Translated by Jonathan House
*Doctor Andre Green*
12 March 1927 in Cairo – 22 January 2012 in Paris.
A major figure in psychoanalysis has left us. The psychoanalytic
community is in mourning.
A psychiatrist by training, Andre Green became one of the major thinkers in contemporary psychoanalysis. He was in direct dialogue with Lacan, Winnicott, Bion, and with all the influential psychoanalysts worldwide. He is particularly influential in advancing the understanding of “borderline” conditions.
His work is marked by the extensive scale and scope of the fields he
studied and to which he contributed, it covered all of the culture is known and respected and well beyond the world of psychoanalysis.
We owe him much if not all of our familiarity with concepts such as “the dead mother complex,” the de-objectalisazation, thirdness, and more from his important work on affect, language, the forces of destructiveness, “evil”, the role of the object, the drive and sexuality, and his introduction of “negative”. To this list must be added his original approach to the maternal function and his notion of the relation of the structure framing the matrix of thought to the negative hallucination of the mother.
His work, translated into many languages, includes a large number of books and articles that have become classics in psychoanalytic thought.
- Director of the Institute of Psychoanalysis of Paris (1970 – 1975)
- Vice President of the International Psychoanalytical Association
- President of the Psychoanalytic Society of Paris (1986-1989)
- Freud Memorial Professor at the Chair of the University College London
- Professor of the psychology faculty of Buenos Aires
- Member of the Academy of the Humanities, Moscow
- Honorary Member of the British Psychoanalytic Society
- Chevalier of the Legion of honneure.
Bernard CHERVET Elisabeth DAHAN-SOUSSY