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Patricia Benner's introduction to phenomenology develops the reader's understanding of the strategies and processes involved in this innovative approach to nursing. The author discusses the relationship between theory and practice, considers the possibility of a science of caring from a feminist perspective, introduces interpretive phenomenology to the study of natural groups such as families, and suggests a basis for developing nursing ethics that is true to the caring and healing practices of the nursing profession.

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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