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PEIXOTO, Maria Celina Lima and OLIVEIRA, Débora Passos de. The project of Freudian memory: a review of the constitution of this notion in the early days of psychoanalysis. Trans/Form/Ação [online]. 2012, vol.35, n.2, pp.257-275. ISSN 0101-3173. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-31732012000200013.
The present work deals with the constitution of the notion of memory in Freudian theory, primarily making use of the elaboration developed in the Project for a scientific psychology. We aim to point out that Freud subverts the problem of the concept of memory, giving this idea a creative character that differs from the mere representation of an object contained in material reality. In Freud, memory goes beyond what is commonly understood as evocation, i.e., memory is not restricted to a recovery of perception. If memory is considered to be the psyche itself, it is its relationship with drive and later with the notion of Nachträglich that enables the realization of memory appropriate to psychoanalysis itself. Thus, we make it explicit that memory in Freud is both an imperative of drive and of the unfolding of the effects of a psychic temporality. Even though Freud departs from a strictly theoretical construction associated with the natural sciences, a closer examination of his formulations from this period helps us understand how he constructs a theory that, at least at first, had the ultimate goal of clarifying issues regarding the notion of memory.
Keywords : Memory; Perception; Drive; Nachträglich.