In the name of the Father : God in Lacan, Judaic or Christian?

Sharpe, Matthew 2008, In the name of the Father : God in Lacan, Judaic or Christian?, Psychoanalytische perspectieven, vol. 26, no. 3/4, pp. 267-285.

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Title In the name of the Father : God in Lacan, Judaic or Christian?
Author(s) Sharpe, Matthew
Journal name Psychoanalytische perspectieven
Volume number 26
Issue number 3/4
Start page 267
End page 285
Total pages 19
Publisher Ghent University
Place of publication Ghent, Belgium
Publication date 2008
ISSN 0771-5862
Keyword(s) Lacan
Freud
Religion
Totem and taboo
Monotheism
Judaism
Summary This essay challenges the widespread notion that Lacanian psychoanalysis represents a 'Christianing' of psychoanalysis. It argues that Lacanian psychoanalysis brings to psychoanalysis a broadly "Averroist" attitude towards religion which develops out of and transcends Freud's position in Totem and Taboo. For Lacan, religious texts are an invaluable source of pre-psychoanalytic insight or another regal road into the champ Freudien: the dynamic of human beings' desire, in its co-conformity with language and Law. The text focuses on trying to decipher the missing content of the Names of the Father seminar: the seminar that "does not exist" (Miller, 2006) beyond its opening, esoteric and dramatic session. The force of doing this will be to show how much, and how fundamental, the things are that Lacan thinks the bible, and the first Abrahamic monotheism in particular, can teach us about human subjectivity and the instance of the Law that shapes it - insights which go to explain Freud's unmistakable attachment, despite himself, to the civilizational importance of his fathers.
Language eng
Field of Research 220315 Philosophy of Religion
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Uitgever Psychoanalytische Perspectieven. Gent
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