Philosophical Studies

Staff Profile

Dr Lisa Foran

Teaching Fellow


I specialize in Twentieth Century European Philosophy, particularly the relationship between hermeneutics and phenomenology.

My first monograph, Derrida, the Subject and the Other: Surviving, Translating and the Impossible will be published this year (2016) by Palgrave Macmillan.  My second edited collection, Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida: The Question of Difference (with Rozemund Uljée) will also be published this year (2016) with Springer as part of their 'Contributions to Phenomenology' series. As well as journal articles and book chapters, I have been invited to present my research at numerous international conferences in Europe. I am editorial assistant for the International Journal of Philosophical Studies and a former committee member of the Society for Women in Philosophy (Ireland). 

Before coming to Newcastle I was teaching and research fellow at the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin (UCD).  I was awarded my PhD in Philosophy from UCD and conducted part of my doctoral research at the Archives Husserl, École Normale Supérieure, Paris. I also hold a Masters in Translation Studies (Dublin City University) and a BA in Philosophy and Greek & Roman Civilisation (UCD).

I have been teaching philosophy at university level since 2010 and am currently completing Newcastle's Certificate in Advanced Academic Practice (CASAP).  Prior to this I was an English language teacher and freelance translator.


I am particularly interested in translation not only between languages, but also as a model for ethical intersubjective relations.  My publications to date focus on the role of translation in phenomenological and post-phenomenological thinkers such as Derrida, Heidegger, Levinas and Ricoeur.  I am currently researching the role of language and translation in the constitution of political identity, specifically; the role of the 'untranslatable' as the condition for an ethical political structure.  In this I draw on the work of Cassin, Apter, Levinas and Foucault.

Over the last year I have also become interested in the ethics of memory and memorialisation and am investigating thinkers such as Butler, de Certeau, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty. I am trying to establish whether we can speak of something like an 'ethics of memory'.

I am passionate about the role of philosophy in contemporary society and with colleagues in Dublin and Leiden have co-founded the international research project The Difference of Philosophy.  The project consists of a series of workshops and seminars examining this role of philosophy with leading contemporary thinkers.  The first workshop with Judith Butler and Jason Stanley was held in Dublin in 2015, the second with Mary Midgley in Newcastle in 2016 and our third event will be held in Leiden in spring 2017.


PHI3003 Meaning, Truth, and Language (sem.1)

PHI2006 Philosophy, Culture, and Society

PHI1011 Moral Philosophy and Human Nature

PHI1002 Philosophy and Religion (sem. 2)