Linda Fisher

Special Note: 
Sadly, Linda Fisher passed away on March 21, 2022 due to complications arising from ALS/motor neuron disease, with which she was diagnosed in 2005.

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Linda Fisher passed away on March 21, 2022 due to complications arising from ALS/motor neuron disease, with which she was diagnosed  in 2005. For more information, please see Sad News – Feminist Philosopher Linda Fisher passed away.

Research Areas

Feminist philosophy and gender theory; 19th and 20th c. Continental philosophy, particularly phenomenology, hermeneutics, feminist phenomenology, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Gadamer; aesthetics; philosophy and literature.

Embodiment, multiculturalism, theories of difference and gender difference, opera, phenomenology of illness and medicine, disability.

Selected Publications


Feministische Phanomenologie und Hermeneutik, co-edited with Silvia Stoller and Veronica Vasterling. Wurzburg: Konigshausen & Neumann, 2005.

Feminist Phenomenology, co-edited with Lester Embree. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000.

Good Reasoning Matters! Second Expanded Edition (with Leo Groarke and Christopher Tindale). Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Articles and Book Chapters

“The Illness Experience: A Feminist Phenomenological Perspective,” in Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine, ed. Kristin Zeiler and Lisa Folkmarson Käll. Albany: SUNY Press, 2014: 27-46.

“The Other Without and the Other Within: The Alterity of Aging and the Aged in Beauvoir’s The Coming of Age,” in Simone de Beauvoir’s Philosophy of Age: Gender, Ethics, and Time, ed. Silvia Stoller. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2014: 107–121.

“Gendering Embodied Memory,” in Time in Feminist Phenomenology, ed. Christina Schües, Dorothea E. Olkowski, and Helen A. Fielding.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011: 91–110.

“Feminist phenomenological voices,” Continental Philosophy Review, Vol. 43, No. 1, 2010: 83-95.

“Merleau-Ponty’s Hermeneutics of Philosophical Engagement,” Chiasmi International 6 (2005). Trilingual Studies Concerning Merleau-Ponty’s Thought: 173-190.

“Multiculturalism, Gender and Cultural Identities,” European Journal of Women’s Studies, Vol. 11 (1), 2004: 111-119.

“Play, Art, and the Question of Otherness,” in Kunst, Hermeneutik, Philosophie. Das Denken Hans-Georg Gadamers im Zusammenhang des 20. Jahrhunderts, ed. Istvan M. Feher. Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag Winter, 2003: 175-182.

“La phenomenologie feministe de Beauvoir,” in Cinquantenaire du Deuxieme sexe, ed. Christine Delphy and Sylvie Chaperon. Paris: Editions Syllepse, 2002: 130-138.

“Opera and the Musical Semiotics of Gender,” European Journal for Semiotic Studies/Revue Europeenne d’Etudes Semiotiques/Europaische Zeitschrift fur Semiotische Studien, Vol. 13 (3-4), 2001: 645-659.

“Der fundamentale Charakter der sexuellen Differenz,” in Verhandlungen des Geschlechts. Zur Konstruktivismusdebatte in der Gender-Theorie, ed. Eva Waniek and Silvia Stoller. Wien: Turia + Kant, 2001: 219-237.

“Phenomenology and Feminism: Perspectives on their Relation,” in Feminist Phenomenology, ed. Linda Fisher and Lester Embree. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000: 17-38.

“Sexual Difference, Phenomenology, and Alterity,” Philosophy Today, Vol. 43 (Supplement 1999): 68-75.

“The Shadow of the Other,” in Self-awareness, Temporality, and Alterity: Central Topics in Phenomenology, ed. Dan Zahavi. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998: 169-192.

“Mediation, Muthos, and the Hermeneutic Circle in Ricoeur’s Narrative Theory,” in Paul Ricoeur and Narrative: Context and Contestation, ed. Morny Joy. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 1997: 207-219.

“Canada,” in Encyclopedia of Phenomenology, ed. Lester Embree et al. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997: 91-94.

“Gender and Other Categories,” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Vol. 7, no. 3 (Summer 1992): 173-179.

“Hermeneutics of Suspicion and Postmodern Paranoia: Psychologies of Interpretation,” Philosophy and Literature, 16 (1992): 106-114.

“Feminist Theory and the Politics of Inclusion,” Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. XXI, nos. 2 and 3 (Fall/Winter 1990): 174-183.

Research Projects

Along with writing on topics in feminism, phenomenology, and hermeneutics, much of my recent research has centered on the intersections and interactions between these areas, exploring the possibilities for collaborative and interwoven analyses, with particular focus on issues of embodiment, difference, and alterity. My work in feminist phenomenology especially has sought to demonstrate the rich potential of such an integrated approach.

I am currently working on two book projects: one on feminist phenomenology, and the other a phenomenology of voice and vocality. Lately I have also begun working in the phenomenology of illness and medicine and disability studies.


Ph.D., Philosophy. The Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Philosophy. University of Ottawa
B.A. (Hons.), Philosophy and French. Wilfrid Laurier University