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From the beginning [[Lacan]] plays on the homophony of '''''le nom du père''''' ('''the [[Name-of-the-Father|name of the father]]''') and '''''le 'non' du père''''' ('''the "[[law|no]]" of the [[father]]'''), to emphasize the '''[[law|legislative and prohibitive function]]''' of the '''[[symbolic]] [[father]]'''.
=====Fundamental Signifier=====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 '''[[fundamental signifier]] ''' which permits '''[[signification]] ''' to proceed normally.
This '''[[fundamental signifier]] ''' both confers [[identification|identity]] on the [[subject]] (it names him, positions him within the '''[[symbolic order]]''') and [[signification|signifies]] the '''[[Oedipus complex|Oedipal]] [[law|prohibition]]''', the ''''no'''' of the [[incest]] [[taboo]].
If this [[signifier]] is '''[[foreclosed]] ''' (not included in the '''[[symbolic order]]'''), the result is '''[[psychosis]]'''.
===Paternal Metaphor===
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]]) [[metaphor|substitutes ]] another (the [[desire]] of the [[mother]]).
==See Also==
* [[Law]]
* [[Metaphor]]
* [[Mother]]
* [[Oedipus complex]]
* [[Paternal metaphor]]
* [[Psychosis]]
* [[Seminar]]
* [[Signification]]
* [[Signifier]]
* [[Symbolic]]
[[category:Freudian psychology]]
[[Category:Jacques Lacan]]

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