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Roger Caillois


An innovative social theorist, Roger Caillois was associated with the College of Sociology in Paris in the 1930s, a group that included a number of philosophers and surrealist artists such as George Bataille and Andre Breton. Caillois was particularly interested in drawing analogies between the organization of the natural world and human society. Lacan draws upon Caillois's concept of legendary psychasthenia to support his argument about the transformation in consciousness that occurs in the mirror stage.