Publications of Fisher, L.

Fisher L. The Challenges of Diversity. Vol 11. Scarantino LM, editor. Ankara: Philosophical Society of Turkey; 2007. (The proceedings of the twenty-first World Congress of Philosophy; vol 11).
Fisher L. Merleau-Ponty's Hermeneutics of Philosophical Engagement. Chiasmi international : publication trilingue autour de la pensée de Merleau-Ponty : trilingual studies concerning Merleau-Ponty’s thought. 2005;6:173-90.

Multiculturalism, Gender and Cultural Identities

Examines the relationship between multiculturalism, gender and cultural identities. Multicultural positions; Unproblematized notion of culture, cultural group and cultural identity; Feminism and multiculturalism; Primacy and correctness of the liberal perspective; Legitimacy of cultural self-definitions; Universality of rights; Issue of the analysis and potential critique of other cultures.

Fisher L. Was ist eine Europäerin / ein Europäer? Überlegungen zur europäischen Identität und “Visionen für Europa” im Zusammenhang mit der EU-Erweiterung : What is a “European”? Reflections on European Identity and “Visions of Europe” in the context of EU-Enlargem. In: München F, editor. Grenzen überwinden : der EU-Erweiterungsprozess und Visionen für Europa aus frauenpolitischer Sicht : Dokumentation der Konferenz vom 21. – 23. Februar 2003 in der Franken-Akademie Schloss Schney : Overcoming boundaries. München: Frauenakademie München; 2003. p. 131-5.
Fisher L. Play, Art, and the Question of Otherness. In: Fehér IM, editor. Kunst, Hermeneutik, Philosophie : das Denken Hans-Georg Gadamers im Zusammenhang des 20. Jahrhunderts. Heidelberg: Winter; 2003. p. 175-82.

Heidegger's Hermeneutic Circle

Heidegger's discussion of the hermeneutic circle in "Being and Time" constitutes one of the more significant contemporary formulations of this key hermeneutical concept. In examining his formulation and appropriation of the circle, I trace the extent to which the circle represents not only a suggestive metaphor, but an important constitutive analysis in the disclosure of the fundamentally ontological and circular structure of understanding. As such, I argue that the hermeneutic circle functions as exemplar both for the account of hermeneutical understanding and for Heidegger's larger project, helping to encode the development of his thought.

Fisher L. La phénoménologie féministe de Beauvoir. In: Delphy C, Chaperon S, editors. Cinquantenaire du Deuxième sexe. Paris: Syllepse; 2002. p. 130-8. (Collection Nouvelles questions féministes).
Fisher L. The Character of Sexual Difference. In: Christensen B, editor. Wissen Macht Geschlecht : Philosophie und die Zukunft der "condition féminine" : Knowledge power gender : philosophy and the future of the "condition féminine". Zürich: Chronos; 2002. p. 687-95.
Fisher L. Der fundamentale Charakter der sexuellen Differenz. In: Waniek E, Stoller S, editors. Verhandlungen des Geschlechts : zur Konstruktivismusdebatte in der Gender-Theorie. Wien: Turia + Kant; 2001. p. 219-37.
Fisher L. Opera and the Musical Semiotics of Gender. S : European journal for semiotic studies. 2001;13(3-4):645-59.
Contributions to phenomenology. Vol 40. Fisher L, Embree L, editors. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers; 2000.
Fisher L. Introduction : Feminist Phenomenology. In: Fisher L, Embree L, editors. Feminist Phenomenology. Vol 40. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers; 2000. p. 1-15. (Contributions to phenomenology; vol 40).
Fisher L. Phenomenology and Feminism : Perspectives on their Relation. In: Fisher L, Embree L, editors. Feminist Phenomenology. Vol 40. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers; 2000. p. 17-38. (Contributions to phenomenology; vol 40).

Sexual Difference, Phenomenology, and Alterity

Discusses the lack of development of a dialogue or alliance between phenomenology and feminism and the phenomenological aspects and influences in philosopher Simone de Beauvoir's works. Lack of recognition by phenomenology of gendered specificities; Points of intersection between phenomenology and feminism; Generalizations on the associations of hegemony and leveling out of differences.

Fisher L. The Shadow of the Other. In: Zahavi D, editor. Self-awareness, temporality, and alterity : central topics in phenomenology. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers; 1998. p. 169-92.

The Shadow of the Other

One significant aspect of Merleau-Ponty's various discussions of Husserl is how these discussions also function as an elucidation of the nature of philosophical engagement: how the tradition and individual philosophers are engaged, and more fundamentally how philosophy itself is engaged. This engagement is construed moreover in terms of alterity and intersubjectivity, particularly in the essay "The Philosopher and His Shadow," where Merleau-Ponty unfolds the nature of this relation through an analysis of Husserl's account of intersubjectivity in Ideen II. In this manner Merleau-Ponty articulates what I term a hermeneutics of philosophical engagement, while the nature of this engagement functions as the enabling framework for his own encounter with Husserl.

Fisher L, for the of Argumentation OS. Is Reasoning Gendered?. Hansen HV, Tindale CW, Colman AV, editors. St. Catherines: Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation; 1998.
Fisher L. Canada. In: Embree L, editor. Encyclopedia of phenomenology. Vol 18. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic; 1997. p. 91-4. (Contributions to phenomenology; vol 18).
Fisher L. Mediation, Muthos, and the hermeneutic circle in Ricoeur's narrative theory. In: Joy M, editor. Paul Ricoeur and narrative : context and contestation. Calgary: University of Calgary Press; 1997. p. 207-19.
Fisher L. Phänomenologie und Feminismus. In: Stoller S, Vetter H, editors. Phänomenologie und Geschlechterdifferenz. Wien: WUV-Universitätsverlag; 1997. p. 20-46.
Fisher L. A Perspective from Philosophy. In: Thomas B, editor. Feminism in Academia : What Role Should it Play? : interdisciplinary perspectives. Vol 1. Windsor: Division of Instructional Development, University of Windsor; 1993. p. 39-50. (Occasional papers in women's studies; vol 1).

Heidegger's Hermeneutic Circle

Heidegger's discussion of the hermeneutic circle in "Being and Time" constitutes one of the more significant contemporary formulations of this key hermeneutical concept. In examining his formulation and appropriation of the circle, I trace the extent to which the circle represents not only a suggestive metaphor, but an important constitutive analysis in the disclosure of the fundamentally ontological and circular structure of understanding. As such, I argue that the hermeneutic circle functions as exemplar both for the account of hermeneutical understanding and for Heidegger's larger project, helping to encode the development of his thought.

Gender and other categories

Focuses on some questions raised by Bordo's analysis of heterogeneity and generality. She is persuasive on her counte rarguments to the `theoretics of heterogeneity'; Less persuasive on concluding points and suggestions for future directions.

Book review : Being a Woman : Gender Inequality, Feminist Theory, and Future Directions

This article reviews the book "Feminist philosophies : problems, theories, and applications" by Janet A Kourany, James P Sterba, Rosemarie Tong.