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 illuminate 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