# Difference between revisions of "Formalization"

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− | The translation of a proposition or body of propositions into a more more language, such as that of [[mathematics]] or symbolic logic, usually in order to clarify or explicate the information content, as in the [[matheme]] of [[Lacan]]. | + | The [[translation]] of a proposition or [[body]] of propositions into a more more [[language]], such as that of [[mathematics]] or symbolic [[logic]], usually in [[order]] to clarify or explicate the information [[content]], as in the [[matheme]] of [[Lacan]]. |

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===Formalization of Psychoanalysis=== | ===Formalization of Psychoanalysis=== | ||

− | Three main reasons lie behind this attempt at [[formalization]]. | + | [[Three]] main reasons lie behind this attempt at [[formalization]]. |

:1. [[Formalization]] is necessary for [[psychoanalysis]] to acquire [[scientific]] status. | :1. [[Formalization]] is necessary for [[psychoanalysis]] to acquire [[scientific]] status. | ||

− | :Just as [[Claude Lévi-Strauss]] uses quasi-mathematical formulae in an attempt to set [[anthropology]] on a more [[scientific]] footing, [[Lacan]] attempts to do the same for [[psychoanalysis]] | + | :Just as [[Claude Lévi-Strauss]] uses quasi-[[mathematical]] [[formulae]] in an attempt to set [[anthropology]] on a more [[scientific]] footing, [[Lacan]] attempts to do the same for [[psychoanalysis]] |

:[[Lacan]] used quasi-mathematical formulae in an attempt to set [[psychoanalysis]] on a more [[scientific]] footing. | :[[Lacan]] used quasi-mathematical formulae in an attempt to set [[psychoanalysis]] on a more [[scientific]] footing. | ||

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:2. [[Formalization]] can provide a core of [[psychoanalytic theory]] which can be transmitted integrally even to those who have never experienced [[psychoanalytic treatment]]. | :2. [[Formalization]] can provide a core of [[psychoanalytic theory]] which can be transmitted integrally even to those who have never experienced [[psychoanalytic treatment]]. | ||

− | :The [[matheme|formulae]] thus become an essential aspect of the [[training]] of [[psychoanalysis]] which take their place alongside [[training|training analysis]] as a medium for the transmission of [[psychoanalytic]] [[knowledge]]. | + | :The [[matheme|formulae]] thus become an essential aspect of the [[training]] of [[psychoanalysis]] which take their [[place]] alongside [[training|training analysis]] as a medium for the transmission of [[psychoanalytic]] [[knowledge]]. |

− | :3. [[Formalization]] of [[psychoanalytic theory]] in terms of [[algebraic]] [[symbols]] is a means of preventing [[knowledge|intuitive understanding]], which [[Lacan]] regards as an [[imaginary]] [[lure]] which hinders access to the [[symbolic]]. | + | :3. [[Formalization]] of [[psychoanalytic theory]] in [[terms]] of [[algebraic]] [[symbols]] is a means of preventing [[knowledge|intuitive understanding]], which [[Lacan]] regards as an [[imaginary]] [[lure]] which hinders access to the [[symbolic]]. |

− | :Rather than being understood in an intuitive way, the [[algebraic]] [[symbols]] are to be used, manipulated and read in various different ways.<ref>{{E}} p.313</ref> | + | :Rather than [[being]] [[understood]] in an intuitive way, the [[algebraic]] [[symbols]] are to be used, manipulated and read in various different ways.<ref>{{E}} p.313</ref> |

==See Also== | ==See Also== |

## Latest revision as of 03:40, 24 May 2019

The translation of a proposition or body of propositions into a more more language, such as that of mathematics or symbolic logic, usually in order to clarify or explicate the information content, as in the matheme of Lacan.

### Formalization of Psychoanalysis

Three main reasons lie behind this attempt at formalization.

- 1. Formalization is necessary for psychoanalysis to acquire scientific status.

- Just as Claude Lévi-Strauss uses quasi-mathematical formulae in an attempt to set anthropology on a more scientific footing, Lacan attempts to do the same for psychoanalysis

- Lacan used quasi-mathematical formulae in an attempt to set psychoanalysis on a more scientific footing.

- 2. Formalization can provide a core of psychoanalytic theory which can be transmitted integrally even to those who have never experienced psychoanalytic treatment.

- The formulae thus become an essential aspect of the training of psychoanalysis which take their place alongside training analysis as a medium for the transmission of psychoanalytic knowledge.

- 3. Formalization of psychoanalytic theory in terms of algebraic symbols is a means of preventing intuitive understanding, which Lacan regards as an imaginary lure which hinders access to the symbolic.

- Rather than being understood in an intuitive way, the algebraic symbols are to be used, manipulated and read in various different ways.
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## See Also

## References

- ↑ Lacan, Jacques.
*Écrits: A Selection*. Trans. Alan Sheridan. London: Tavistock Publications, 1977. p.313