chapter  Chapter 3
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The father 1

ByLaura Dethiville

For a long time, Winnicott has been frequently reproached by French psychoanalysts for not giving enough place to the father figure in his theory – and I must say this disregard has not completely disappeared today. They are mistaken, but the consequences are devastating. The phrase is repeated like a slogan: “In Winnicott’s theory there is no father, there is no symbol function.” This allows them to discredit his work without taking the trouble to study it further.