Françoise Davoine



Doctorate in Sociology 1981

Classical studies, with agregation in classics 1966


Psychoanalyst in Paris, in private practice, after almost 30 years also in the setting of the public psychiatric hospital and outside consultation (Hôpital Paul Guiraud in Villejuif, suburbs of Paris).

Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Social Sciences University in Paris at the Ph.D. level)

At the EHESS, leaded with Jean-Max Gaudillière a weekly seminar, « Madness and the Social Link ».

Professional Associations

Member of the ex-Ecole Freudienne de Paris (ex because Jacques Lacan, who created this institute, dissolved it a few months before his death in 1981.)

Member of the International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and Other Psychoses, U.S. Chapter (presenting at the meetings of the ISPS since Torino 1988, at the invitation of Gaetano Benedetti.)


Publications >>

Seminars >>

Books >>

Comme des fous. Folie et trauma dans Tristram Shandy  (Gallimard, Paris, 2017)

Don Quichotte pour combattre la mélancolie (Stock, Paris, 2012)

A bon entendeur, salut ! (author with Jean-Max Gaudillière – Stock, Paris, 2013)

History Beyond Trauma (author with Jean-Max Gaudillière – Other Press, New-York 2004), now translated in French (Histoire et Trauma, La Folie des Guerres, Paris, Stock, 2006)

Mère Folle (Paris, Arcanes 1998) translated into Spanish (Madre Loca) in Mexico, and into Finnish, currently being translated into English (2013)

La Folie Wittgenstein (Paris EPEL 1992), translated into English by William J. Hurst, Wittgenstein folly (YBK publishers, New York, 2012.)

Translated twice into Spanish: La locura Wittgenstein, in Mexico and Argentina, and into Greek.

Presenting regularly since 1979 at Austen Riggs Center, sometimes as Erikson Scholar, at the invitation of the Erikson Institute for Research.


  1. Jan L. Roth, Ph.D.
    Licensed Psychologist
    411 Lafayette Street, Suite 640
    New York, NY 10003

    Dr. Francoise Davoine
    February 7, 2019
    Dear Francoise Davoine,
    My name is Jan Roth. I am a clinical psychologist and candidate at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP) where I am the chair of the Member-in-Training Organization (MITO). We are located in Manhattan, New York.
    Your book History Beyond Trauma is of great interest to NPAP’s candidates, who asked MITO to invite you to give a talk on that subject. We are proud to invite clinicians from other institutes on a regular basis. Every year we invite a prominent psychoanalyst to give the Theodor Reik Guest Lecture. Usually it falls on two consecutive weekends in October. However, if your schedule does not allow it in October, 2019 we would love to have you speak to us at another time, perhaps on one of your trips to the US, any time in 2019 that would be convenient for both you and NPAP. It would be open to the public for a fee. The MITO would pay you approximately $3,000 for your talk. We can negotiate a price for hotel and would pay part of your travel expenses.
    Please let us know if you are interested.
    Merci beaucoup!
    Best regards,
    Jan L. Roth, Ph.D.
    MITO Chair

  2. Hello Ms Davoine,
    My name is Yiannis and I come from Greece. I have read your book wittgenstein’s follie and found it interesting. I myself am obsessed with wittgenstein’s later ideas, by some considered pathological. After multiple readings of the blue book I realized clearly that « madness », « insanity », or what I like to call sometimes a solipsistic nightmare is artificial – humanly constructed and depending on the current status quo. Maybe Lacan or Foucault had similar ideas but it is the way that Wittgenstein transmitted and taught these ideas that amazed me. There is no escape for me from this madness! What meaning, thought, understanding are, are only social « agreements » – hence there is no real madness. But solipsism, is another « business ».. Much more serious. This is my own personal, (« my very own »!), demon.. Another language game?? It is very important that I shared with you some of my ideas. I wouød appreciate it if you had the time. This is my email address:
    Yours sincerely,
    Yiannis Konstantinidis

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