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AMBRA, Pedro  and  PAULON, Clarice Pimentel. The analyst as an historian: truth, interpretation and perplexity. Psicol. USP [online]. 2018, vol.29, n.3, pp.412-417. ISSN 0103-6564.

This article discusses History’s role in Psychoanalysis as well as its possible consequences within analytical theory and praxis. First, we turn to two Freudian texts that provide paradigmatic notions about History: Moses and Monotheism and Constructions in Analysis, in order to emphasize Freud’s different notions of History. It is demonstrated how the psychoanalytical notion of History can allow us to rethink concepts such as truth and materiality. Then we analyse the place given to History by Lacan to indicate its centrality, proposing a tripartite distinction between different levels of historicity - real, symbolic and imaginary. Lastly, we present the clinical unfolding of a comparison made by Lacan between analyst and historian.

Keywords : transference; history; truth; psychoanalysis.

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