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French psychoanalystJacques Lacan's term for his equations, graphs, schemata, and symbols which function like axioms in his thinking and teaching. One finds similar notations in the work of Alain Badiou, who similarly treats mathematical equations as an ontology. In both cases, the matheme is used in preference to language, which is by implication deemed too imprecise to express a particular problem or concept.

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