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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 Master 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 master signifier]]''' which permits '''[[signification]]''' to proceed normally.
This '''[[fundamental master 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=====
[[Image:NOTF.gif|thumb|right|The 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]]).

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