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A propos du Nom du Père de Jacques Lacan: Christianity v. psychology

god-the-father-1779-by-pompeo-girolamo-batoniMany have often claimed that the difference between Freud’s neurotic symptom and Lacan’s sinthome, in those who have traversed fantasy, is nothing more than lucidity and assent. However, is such a claim really true?

Freud considered the neurotic symptom an unwelcome act or acts that were, at the least, useless in the life of an individual and, at the most, harmful. The symptom was a substitute for instinctual satisfaction that had been repressed and claimed considerable psychic energy from the individual in its formation, manifestation, and maintenance. Lacan initially considered the sinthome to be the symptom, spelled out in its original form. However, he later redefined the sinthome as the fourth ring of the Borromean knot, and which held together the three orders of the Real, the Imaginary, and the Symbolic that formed the structure both of the world and of the individual. The sinthome came to be largely regarded as the paternal metaphor – the nom du père [name of the father] or noms du père [names of the father] that replaced the father of Freud’s Oedipus complex, with the sinthome par excellence being the Nom du Père – the Name of the (Eternal) Father. But was God the Father no more than a symptom or a metaphor for Lacan – as so many desire Him to be, to this day?  Continue reading “A propos du Nom du Père de Jacques Lacan: Christianity v. psychology”

On foreclosure of the Name of the Father – 3 – Becoming a real father

The capacity for men to develop into functional, rather than dysfunctional, fathers depends directly upon the psychological and spiritual formation in them of a healthy ego-ideal. Formation of the ego-ideal occurs “through an identification with the symbolic father Continue reading “On foreclosure of the Name of the Father – 3 – Becoming a real father”

On foreclosure of the Name of the Father – 2

One of Jacques Lacan’s most famous formulations is that what is radically foreclosed in the Symbolic order, returns in the Real order, to result in psychosis. This means “when the Name-of-the-Father as external guarantor of the Symbolic is foreclosed, then delusions may arise Continue reading “On foreclosure of the Name of the Father – 2”

On foreclosure of the Name of the Father – 1

We are living in a world restructured by “two discourses: the discourse of science and the discourse of capitalism. These are the two prevalent discourses of modernity which . . . destroy the traditional structure of human experience. The combined domination of these two Continue reading “On foreclosure of the Name of the Father – 1”

Lacan’s “Nom-du-Pere” refers to the Name of God the Father

Jacques Lacan’s famous concept of the “Nom-du-Pere” in psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, its crucial role in human development and the resultant psychosis when it is foreclosed, was interpreted throughout the years to refer to anything and anyone but Continue reading “Lacan’s “Nom-du-Pere” refers to the Name of God the Father”