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==Jacques Lacan==
=====Symbolic Father=====When the expression "[[Name-of-the-Father|the name of the father]]" first appeared in [[Lacan]]’s [[work]], in the early 1950s, it is without [[capital ]] letters and refers generally to the "'''[[prohibition|legislative''' and '''prohibitive role]]'''" function of the "'''[[symbolic]] [[father]]'''" as the one who lays down the [[incesttaboo]] on [[tabooincest]] in the '''[[Oedipus complex]]'''.
<blockquote>"It is in the '[[Name-of-the-Father|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>
=====Legislative and Prohibitive Function=====From the beginning The rexpression is at once a semi-humorous [[Lacanreligion|religious]] plays allusion and a play on the homophony of near-homonyms '''''non''''' and '''''le nom du père''''' (: the '''the [[Namename-of-the-Father|name of father]]''' ('''''le nom du père''''') is also the [[father]]'s "'') and 'no'''" ('''''le '"non' " du père''''' () to the [[child]]'s [[incest]]uous '''the "[[law|nodesire]]" of the ''' for its '''[[fathermother]]'''), to emphasize . (the '''[[law|legislative and prohibitive function]]''' of the '''[[symbolic]] [[father]]'''.)
=====Master Fundamental Signifier=====A few years later, in the In [[Lacan]]'s 1955-6 [[seminar]] on the , [[psychosesThe Psychoses]], the expression becomes capitalized and hyphenated and takes on a more precise [[meaning]]; the [[Name-of-the-Father]] is now described as the '''[[master fundamental signifier]]''' which permits '''[[signification]]''' to proceed normally.
This '''The [[master signifierName-of-the-Father]]''' both confers [[identification|identity]] on the [[human]] [[subject]] s (it names him, positions him within by situating [[them]] in a lineage and the '''[[symbolic ]] [[order]]''') , and [[signification|signifies]] the '''[[Oedipus complex|Oedipal]] [[law|prohibition]]''', the ''''no'''' of the [[incest]] [[taboo]].
If ===Foreclosure===The [[foreclosure]] of this [[fundamental signifier]] is ''', or its [[foreclosedexpulsion]]''' (not included in from the [[subject]]'''s [[symbolic order|symbolic universe]]'''), is said by [[Lacan]] to be the result is [[mechanism]] that triggers '''[[psychosis]]'''.
=====Paternal Metaphor=====
[[Image:NOTF.gif|thumb|404px|right|The paternal metaphor]]
In [[another ]] work on [[psychosis]], [[Lacan]] represents 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==
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[[category:Freudian psychology]]
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