Lucia Foglia, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management

Lucia Foglia joined the College of Extended Learning at Point Loma Nazarene University as an adjunct professor in January 2018. She came to PLNU with approximately 15 years of experience as instructor of philosophy and ethics, researcher in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, community specialized support worker for college students with cognitive impairments, curriculum developer and content manager for the primate industry. She has worked for various Universities and Colleges world-wide including Italy, France, Canada and the United States. At the College of Extended Learning she teaches primarily Ethics (Managing with Personal and Professional Ethics). She completed her PhD in Philosophy in 2009 and earned an Master’s degree in Education in 2017. Before receiving her Doctoral degree, she earned degrees also in Psychology and Business Management. She is currently the Lead Faculty of one of the courses running at the College of Extended Learning.


  • M.Ed, College Counseling and Student Development, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Ph.D, Philosophy, University of Siena
  • M.A, Philosophy, McGill University
  • B.S, Psychology and Social Organization, University of Urbino
  • M.A, Business Management, ISTAO Business School
  • B.A, Philosophy, University of Macerata

Courses Taught

  • Managing with Personal and Professional Ethics – MRD 403

Experience in Field

  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Adjunct Faculty, 2018-present
  • San Diego City College, Adjunct Faculty, 2017-present
  • San Diego Community College System, SDICCCA Faculty Intern, 2016-2017
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Adjunct Faculty, 2016-present
  • Southern New Hampshire University, Online Adjunct Faculty, 2017-present
  • Columbia College, Adjunct Faculty, 2016-2017
  • Washington Elementary School, Guidance Counselor, 2015-2016
  • Université Paris Descartes, Post-Doctoral Researcher, 2014-2015
  • University of Pittsburgh, Research Fellow, 2014
  • McGill University, Graduate Instructor, 2010-2013
  • Howard Center, Specialized Community Support Worker, 2013
  • University of Siena, Post-Doctoral Researcher, 2008-2010
  • University of California San Diego, Visiting Post-Doctoral Researcher, 2009-2010
  • University of California San Diego, Visiting Graduate Scholar, 2007
  • University of Siena, Graduate Research Fellow, 2004-2008
  • Sida Consulting Group, Curriculum Development and Content Manager, 2002-2004

Awards and Honors

  • April 2015: Philosophy Graduate Award, McGill University
  • January 2014: Visiting Research Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh
  • September 2013: Philosophy Graduate Award, McGill University
  • April 2012: Philosophy Graduate Award, McGill University
  • August 2011: McCall McBain Fellowship in Arts, McGill University
  • July 2011: Wolfe Graduate Research Fellowship, McGill University
  • August 2010: Philosophy Graduate Award, McGill University
  • July 2009: “Dignità di Stampa” (Dignity of Publication): (recommended for publication in the University series of Philosophy, by FrancoAngeli Press)
  • Nov 2008: Two-year Research Fellowship in Philosophy, University of Siena
  • Jan 2007: One-year fellowship supplement for studying at University of California, San Diego
  • Sept 2005: PhD Scholarship, awarded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research
  • March 2001: Two-year tuition fee waiver for being “The student with the best academic record” (University of Macerata)

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Foglia, L. (2011) La percezione visiva. Prospettive filosofiche ed empiriche. Milano, FrancoAngeli Editore, (in Italian) (translation “Visual Perception. Philosophical and Empirical Perspectives”).
  • Foglia, L. (2008) (with Mariano Bianca). La cognizione figurale. Milano, FrancoAngeli Editore, (in Italian) (translation “Figural Cognition”).
  • Foglia, L. (2006) (co-editor Mariano Bianca) (Eds.) “Special Issue on Mental Imagery and Visual Perception.” Anthropology and Philosophy, 7 (1-2).
  • Foglia, L. O’Regan, K. (2015) “A new Imagery debate: enactive and sensorimotor accounts”, Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 7 (1):181-196.
  • Foglia, L. (2014) “Cognitive Permeability of Perception” in Conference Proceedings Seeing, knowing, recognizing. Protocols of vision, between science, art and life.
  • Foglia, L., Wilson, R. (2013). “Embodied Cognition”, Focus Article, WIREs Cognitive Science, Vol.4 (3): 319-325.
  • Foglia, L., Grush, R. (2011). “The limitations of a purely enactive (non-representational) account of imagery”. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 18, No 5-6, 2011: 35-43. Special Issue on Evan Thompson’s Book Mind in Life.
  • Foglia, L. and Robert Wilson (2011) “Embodied Cognition”. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Substantive Revisions submitted in Dec. 2015
  • Foglia, L., Grush, R. (2010) “Re-use (neural, bodily, and environmental) as a fundamental organizational principle of human cognition”. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33, 4, 274.
  • Foglia, L. and Bianca M. (2006) “Non-Perceptive Mental Image Generation: a Non-Linear Dynamic Framework”. Anthropology and Philosophy, 7 (1-2), 28-63.
  • Foglia, L. (2005). Rappresentazioni Mentali. Modelli teorici a confronto. Arkete, I (2), 17-42.
  • Foglia, L. (2009). “Immagini percettive e non percettive come condizioni di risposta del Sé”. In Carlo Vinti, Fabio Minazzi, Matteo Negro e Agostino Carrino (Eds.) Le forme della Razionalità tra realismo e normatività, Mimesis Edizioni, 2009, pp. 247-255.
  • Foglia, L. (2006). I contenuti figurali della mente, published in the Series ‘Work in progress’, Dipartimento di Studi Storico-Sociali e Filosofici.
  • 8 June 2017: “The impact of exploratory job interviews on vocational identity and career self-efficacy”. Point Loma Nazarene University.
  • 16 October 2014: “Schizophrenia as a disorder of the lived body.” University of Heidelberg. Conference on Enactivism and Culture.
  • 17 January 2014: “Disembodiment and Schizophrenia.” Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh.
  • 20-21 November 2012: “Epistemology of Perception.” University of Roma Tre, Italy.
  • Winter 2009: “The neuroscience of decision making.” University of California, San Diego.
  • Spring 2008: “The nature of knowledge and the relationship between mind and world.” Workshop on Existential Psychotherapy, University of Pescara, Italy.
  • Spring 2008: “Mental Imagery and Visual Perception: relationship and differences.” University of Napoli, Italy.
  • Spring 2007: “Mental Imagery and Self Control.” University of California, San Diego.
  • Spring 2006: “Mental Representations.” University of Siena.
  • Winter 2006: “The Nature of Perception.” University of Perugia.
  • Spring 2005: “History of Contemporary Research connecting Philosophy and Neuroscience.” University of Siena.