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Victoria W. Leonard

In: Interpretive Phenomenology: Embodiment, Caring, and Ethics in Health and Illness

Chapter 3: A Heideggerian Phenomenological Perspective on the Concept of Person

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A Heideggerian Phenomenological Perspective on the Concept of Person
A heideggerian phenomenological perspective on the concept of person
Victoria W.Leonard

Much recent debate in nursing research centers on the relative merits of quantitative versus qualitative research methods. Insight into current philosophical thinking affords us an alternative to this endless, currently irresolvable controversy. Much of the debate in nursing research concerning method resolves along the battle lines drawn by 17th-century science: the controversy over how the private mind apprehends the external world through a mechanically driven and unreliable body. In sum, how do we know what we know; how do we know that what we know is “true”? Must we choose between the subjective, relative truth of the private subject and the “objective” truth of the “brute” data? ...

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