Philosophical Studies

Staff Profile

Dr Lisa Foran



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 was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2016.  My second edited collection, Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida: The Question of Difference (with Rozemund Uljée) was also published in 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 former 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. Prior to this I was an English language teacher and freelance translator.  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.  In 2016 I achieved the Newcastle Teaching Award and in 2018 I achieved full fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.


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.

I am also interested in the nature of memory and in particular acts of memorialisation as public obligations to remember.  In researching these themes I 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' and what the political implications of this might be.


I am on maternity leave in 2018-2019. 

I am chair of the Philosophy Board of Studies.

I have been tutor and project supervisor to numerous undergraduate Philosophy students as well as personal tutor to a number of Combined Honours students.  I have previously taught the following modules:

PHI3003 Meaning, Truth, and Language [Phenomenology] (2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018)

PHI1002 Philosophy and Religion (2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018)

PHI1005 Existentialism and the Self (2017-2018)

PHI1011 Moral Philosophy and Human Nature (2015-2016)

PHI2006 Philosophy, Culture, Society (2015-2016)