1st Edition

Psychoanalytic Investigations in Philosophy An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Current Existential Challenges

Edited By Dorit Lemberger Copyright 2023
    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    This pioneering volume explores and exemplifies the relevance of psychoanalysis to contemporary philosophical problems. The novelty of the book's viewpoint is the consideration of psychoanalysis as an existentialist mode of thinking that deals with current existential problems such as loneliness, uncertainty, struggling with personal tragedies, and rehabilitation.

    Each chapter presents classic aspects of psychoanalytic theory based on Greek tragedies, as well as their similarities with interdisciplinary aspects in other areas of study like modern literature, hermeneutics, and philosophy of language. To deepen each subject, each chapter also applies an interdisciplinary methodology that illuminates previously hidden insights arising from the fusion of psychoanalysis and philosophy. Featuring contributions from well-known scholars like Professor Avi Sagi and Professor Dov Schwartz, as well as more up-and-coming writers, the book suggests possible implications of philosophical, hermeneutical, and literary theories to the perception of post-modern issues concerning agency and the subjective emotional world.

    Psychoanalytic Investigations in Philosophy is of great interest to scholars of psychoanalysis and hermeneutic philosophy, as well as teachers and academics who want to explore new teaching methods in various disciplines, and general-interest readers who wish to expand their horizons around concepts that can be applied to better understand themselves and the age in which we live.


    1. Rollo May and R. Joseph Soloveitchik: Psychotherapy and philosophy - Dov Schwartz
    2. From fear to creativity: Melanie Klein's interpretation of literary fiction as conceptual investigations – Dorit Lemberger
    3. Psychoanalysis and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Wittgensteinian-Existential Perspective - Nir Soffer-Dudek
    4. "Look into the Depths within Yourself and Find the Outside World": The Contribution of Rudolf Steiner’s Monistic Philosophy to Psychoanalytic Conceptualization - Tali Sella
    5. Malfunctions in the Symbolic Space: A Psychoanalytic-Semiotic View – Sharon Strasburg
    6. "Bring Words back from their Metaphysical to their Everyday Use" – Meaning in Life through Ordinary Language Use - Yael Mishani-Uval
    7. Language game and separations: A psychoanalytic-philosophical view about the infinity of the separation experience - Ophira Schorr Levy
    8. Unhappy-Certainty - Alice Maya Keinan
    9. "Tragic Knots" Following Acquired Chronic Medical Conditions: A Relational Perspective in Psychotherapy in Medical Settings – Orin Segal
    10. Language Games and Private Language, Wizards and Witches: How a child with autism builds their emotional world – A psychoanalytic, philosophical, and literary view - Irit Hagai
    11. Self-Constructive vs. Self-Destructive Mechanisms in the Writings of Anorexics - Ruth Kaplan Zarchi
    12. The Land of Shadows and Intuition: Bion's and Wittgenstein's return to Plato's Cave - Ronnie Carmeli

    Shades of Loneliness: A Psychoanalytic Study of Samuel Beckett’s Rockaby - Tsiky Cohen


    Dorit Lemberger, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, in the department of Hermeneutics and Cultural studies that includes a Psychoanalysis and Hermeneutics track. She is an advisor of many doctorate students who write interdisciplinary research using Wittgenstein's philosophy and pragmatic thinkers to enlighten linguistic usage in Hebrew literary texts and Psychoanalytic writings. Dr. Lemberger is an associate editor of Hebrew Studies Journal.

    "Psychoanalytic Investigations in Philosophy is humanistic interdisciplinary writing at its finest. The diverse essays, compiled and edited by Dorit Lemberger, herself a model of the interdisciplinary, dazzle in their brilliance and clarity. There are philosophical studies of psychoanalytic themes and approaches, psychoanalytic studies of literature, and several essays in which philosophy, psychoanalysis, and interpretation inform each other and coalesce. Each author is trained, informed, and experienced. A treasure!" - Edward L. Greenstein, former head of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies, Bar-Ilan University

    "This book forms a beautiful tapestry, presenting the creative fruits of thought that were formed during elaborate theoretical explorations and are now neatly packed and formulated for the reader’s enjoyment. It is a major contribution to those who are interested in psychoanalysis not only as a clinical practice, but also as an intellectual discipline that can be carefully interwoven along with philosophical, linguistic, and other disciplines, thus forming a rich and inspiring variety of models for hermeneutic, interdisciplinary thought." - Noga Ariel-Galor Ph.D., Tel-Aviv University and Haifa University