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Representation/Presentation: A representation or presentation is a reproduction of an object, event, sign, sound, imagination, memory, etc. The medium of representation can belong to the same domain (e.g. summary of a text) or to another domain (e.g. film about a historical event). In a representation, the levels must always be distinguished. The object is not identical with its representation. See also Image, Pictures, Reproduction, Copy, Media, Levels.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Sigmund Freud on Representation (Presentation) - Dictionary of Arguments

Ricoeur I 108
Presentation/presenting/Freud/Ricoeur: Freud considers the preference for representation in dream work to be the hallucinatory revival of a primal scene that really belonged to perception. Cf. >Regression/Ricoeur
There is no doubt that Freud, when he interprets the infantile scene as a real memory, must confuse fantasy with the memory image of a real perception; the topical regression is then a regression to perception, and the actual dimension of the imaginary is missed (...) the formal regression, which characterizes the "representation", i.e. the regression of the logical to the pictorial, [poses] a problem analogous to condensation and displacement: the representation is also a "distortion", consequently an inhibition of direct expression, the forced substitution of one mode of expression by another.
In all three cases - condensation, displacement and presentation - the dream is therefore a work. Therefore, the interpretation corresponding to them is also a work which, in order to become a theme, requires a mixed language, neither purely linguistic nor purely energetic.
Ricoeur I 112
Dream/Freud: (...) the representation is problematic, and Freud has created a whole metapsychology of >regression to accommodate it; symbolisation is not problematic because in symbolism the work has already been done elsewhere; the dream uses symbolism, it does not elaborate it.
We now understand why the dreamer finds no memory in his typical dreams: in his dream he has used only, as a common saying, symbolic fragments that have become commonplace, worn out by use, phantoms that he has animated for a moment; (...).

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Freud I
S. Freud
Vorlesungen zur Einführung in die Psychoanalyse Hamburg 2011

Ricoeur I
Paul Ricoeur
De L’interprétation. Essai sur Sigmund Freud
German Edition:
Die Interpretation. Ein Versuch über Freud Frankfurt/M. 1999

Ricoeur II
Paul Ricoeur
Interpretation theory: discourse and the surplus of meaning Fort Worth 1976

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