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"[[Name-of-the-Father]] ([[Fr]]. ''[[Nom-du-Père]]'')
When the expression "[[Name-of-the-Father|the name of the father]]" first appeared in Lacan’s [[Lacan]]’s work, in the early 1950s, it is without capital letters and refers generally to the "[[prohibition|prohibitive role]]" of the "[[symbolic]] [[father]]" as the one who lays down the [[incest]] [[taboo]] in the [[Oedipus complex]].
<blockquote>"It is in the 'name of the father' that we must recognize the support of the symbolic function which, from the dawn of history, has identified his person with the figure of the law."<ref>{{E}} p.67</ref></blockquote>
From the beginning [[Lacan]] plays on the homophony of ''le nom du père'' (the name of the father) and ''le 'non' du père'' (the 'no' of the father), to emphasize the legislative and prohibitive function of the [[symbolic]] [[father]].
A few years later, in the [[seminar ]] on the [[psychoses]], the expression becomes capitalized and hyphenated and takes on a more precise meaning; the [[Name-of-the-Father]] is now the [[funndamental signifier ]] which permits [[significaiton ]] to proceed normally.
This [[[fundamental signifier ]] both confers identity on the [[subject ]] (it names him, positions him within the [[symbolic order]]) and signifies the [[Oedipal ]] [[prohibition]], the 'no' of the incest taboo.
If this [[signifier ]] is [[foreclosed ]] (not included in the [[symbolic order]]), the result is [[psychosis]].
In another work on [[psychosis]], [[Lacan ]] represents of the [[Oedipus complex ]] as a [[metaphor ]] ([[paternal metaphor]]), in which one [[signifier ]] (the [[Name-of-the-Father]]) substitutes another (the [[desire ]] of the [[mother]]).

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