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LOPES, Rosa Guedes. Psychoanalysis is what reintroduces the name-of-the-father to the scientific scope.: What does that mean in Lacan’s first and second teachings?. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2009, vol.15, n.2, pp.17-35. ISSN 1677-1168.

In Lacan’s view, psychoanalysis reintroduces the Name-of-the-Father to the scientific scope. Modern science treats man’s existence as a deduction of thought, not as a work of God or Nature. This is the subject that psychoanalysis operates on. However, it does not consider it a subject deprived of qualities as science does. The subject is not reduced to the result of calculation, nor does wear itself out in thought. The operation of repression is paradoxical: it produces a subject separated from its phallic value, a decisive fact for scientific thought because it takes the reality principle into account, but it also produces unconscious desire. This proves that it is impossible for the subject to appear with no qualities. S1-S2 are not signifiers without qualities. They imply unconscious desire. This text demonstrates what it means to reintroduce the Name-of-the-Father to the scientific scope. It follows the paths of the progression and discontinuities of this concept in the passage from the first to the second of Lacan’s teachings, especially with the concept of object a.

Palavras-chave : psychoanalysis; subject of science; name-of-the-father; psychic reality; object a.

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