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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.

Hermeneutic Phenomenology: A Methodology for Family Health and Health Promotion Study in Nursing
Hermeneutic phenomenology: A methodology for family health and health promotion study in nursing
Karen A.Plager

The question asked and the self-understanding held are crucial issues in how a research project is approached. This was essentially the claim made by Martin Heidegger when he set out on his philosophical investigation of the “question of the meaning of Being” (Heidegger, 1927/1962, p. 1). He proposed to ask the question anew because philosophers from the ancient Greeks to Descartes and Kant and up to the 20th-century philosophers, such as Husserl, trivialized the question by removing it from its temporal and historical context to a pure presentness, that is, as an independent, objective entity with absolute properties. In ...

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