The evanescent experience of the gap

reading Bataille with Lacan


  • Tomás Ramos Mejía University of Salamanca



experience, subject, unconscious, drive, gap


My aim with this article is to explore texts written by Georges Bataille on the basis of concepts formulated by the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. I will use the concepts subject of the unconscious and drive to focus on the texts that make up La Somme athéologique. In these texts, although not expressly stating it, Bataille presents an experience of the unconscious as manifested in the drive. This experience is not mystical, but indicative of a particular type of social bond.

Author Biography

Tomás Ramos Mejía, University of Salamanca

Tomás Ramos Mejía is a sociologist and PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Salamanca, Spain. He is a member of the Study Group on Social and Philosophical Problems of Gino Germani Research Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His research interests focus on Marcel Mauss, Georges Bataille, French social theory and conceptual history.


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