Perspectives on Philosophy of Science in Nursing: An Historical and Contemporary Anthology / Edition 1

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This book helps you provide a well-rounded doctoral curriculum. The philosophy of science is essential to the core of doctoral study in nursing. This text presents historical and contemporary thinking on this significant subject. Readers will find a wealth of information from a variety of philosophers and conceptualizers of Western science. The text's approach stimulates analysis and reflection for enhanced learning. Coverage straddles the balance between nurse and non-nurse philosophers with discussion and reflective questions, and includes thoughts about nursing as a science and an art. Students will learn to recognize the connection between an understanding of philosophic inquiry and scientific investigation -- or research -- in nursing.
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Reviewer: Mary Ellen Wurzbach, RN, MSN, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This is an anthology of readings related to the philosophy of science in nursing. The editors have attempted to identify important currents in the philosophy of science that have influenced prominent nurse theorists and knowledge development in nursing.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist the reader in an investigation of the philosophy of science in nursing. The genesis of the book was the editors' identification of a need that students expand their understanding of philosophy and the development of scientific knowledge. The editors hope that the debate on the need for plurality and diversity of philosophical perspectives in defining the focus of nursing will be continued.
Audience: Students, particularly masters and doctoral students in nursing, as well as faculty who teach theory or nursing science courses will be most interested in this book. It would also be beneficial for students of nursing research since, according to the editors, philosophical orientation directs the development of the research question, the phenomena selected for study, and the choice of method for inquiry.
Features: This collection of essays is written by well known philosophers of science and nurse philosophers who have written about the philosophy of nursing science. The readings cover the topics of truth, explanation, free will or determinism, phenomenology, critical theory, science and gender, and post-modernism as they relate to both scientific philosophy and nursing.
Assessment: This is an outstanding addition to the nursing science literature. The major topics of the philosophy of science are addressed and their relationship to nursing science discussed. The contributors are all experts in the field. A comparison to other textbooks is not possible because of the uniqueness of the topic. It is an excellent addition to the library of masters and doctoral students as well as faculty and students of the philosophy of nursing science.
Mary Ellen Wurzbach
This is an anthology of readings related to the philosophy of science in nursing. The editors have attempted to identify important currents in the philosophy of science that have influenced prominent nurse theorists and knowledge development in nursing. The purpose is to assist the reader in an investigation of the philosophy of science in nursing. The genesis of the book was the editors' identification of a need that students expand their understanding of philosophy and the development of scientific knowledge. The editors hope that the debate on the need for plurality and diversity of philosophical perspectives in defining the focus of nursing will be continued. Students, particularly masters and doctoral students in nursing, as well as faculty who teach theory or nursing science courses will be most interested in this book. It would also be beneficial for students of nursing research since, according to the editors, philosophical orientation directs the development of the research question, the phenomena selected for study, and the choice of method for inquiry. This collection of essays is written by well known philosophers of science and nurse philosophers who have written about the philosophy of nursing science. The readings cover the topics of truth, explanation, free will or determinism, phenomenology, critical theory, science and gender, and post-modernism as they relate to both scientific philosophy and nursing. This is an outstanding addition to the nursing science literature. The major topics of the philosophy of science are addressed and their relationship to nursing science discussed. The contributors are all experts in the field. A comparison to other textbooks is notpossible because of the uniqueness of the topic. It is an excellent addition to the library of masters and doctoral students as well as faculty and students of the philosophy of nursing science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781712019
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Nursing and Philosophy of Science: Connections and Disconnections 1
Reading 1 Fundamental Patterns of Knowing in Nursing 12
Reading 2 The Focus of the Discipline of Nursing 20
Reading 3 Nursing Values and Science: Toward a Science Philosophy 25
Reading 4 Objectivity, Value Judgment, and Theory Choice 34
Reading 5 "The Focus of the Discipline of Nursing": A Critique and Extension 46
Sect. 2 Truth: An Exploration 55
Reading 6 (Mis)conceptions and Reconceptions about Traditional Science 61
Reading 7 Positivism and Realism 70
Reading 8 Arguments Concerning Scientific Realism 88
Reading 9 Dissecting the Holist Picture of Scientific Change 105
Reading 10 The Nature of Scientific Truth 126
Reading 11 Experimentation and Scientific Realism 135
Sect. 3 Explanation in Science 149
Reading 12 Nursing's Syntax Revisited: A Critique of Philosophies Said to Influence Nursing Theories 154
Reading 13 The Pragmatics of Explanation 166
Reading 14 The Function of General Laws in History 179
Reading 15 Explanation in Nursing Science 189
Sect. 4 Free Will or Determinism 197
Reading 16 Nursing Knowledge and Human Science: Ontological and Epistemological Considerations 202
Reading 17 Psychological Determinism and the Evolving Nursing Paradigm 214
Reading 18 Free Will in Process Perspective 223
Sect. 5 Phenomenology and Hermeneutics 235
Reading 19 The Train of Thoughts in the Lectures 247
Reading 20 A Return to Husserl and Researcher Self-Awareness 263
Reading 21 Exposition of the Question of the Meaning of Being 273
Reading 22 Quality of Life: A Phenomenological Perspective on Explanation, Prediction, and Understanding in Nursing Science 303
Reading 23 A Heideggerian Phenomenologic Perspective on the Concept of the Person 315
Reading 24 Phenomenology of Perception 328
Reading 25 The University of the Hermeneutical Problem 339
Reading 26 Natural Science and Hermeneutics: The Concept of Nature in Ancient Philosophy 347
Sect. 6 Critical Theory and Feminist Critique 355
Reading 27 Towards a Theory of Communicative Competence 360
Reading 28 Practical Discourse in Nursing: Going Beyond Empiricism and Historicism 371
Reading 29 Critical Theory as a Framework to Enhance Nursing Science 382
Reading 30 The Importance of Critical Theory to Nursing: A Description Using Research Concerning Discharge Decision-Making 387
Reading 31 The Instability of the Analytical Categories of Feminist Theory 396
Reading 32 Voices and Paradigms: Perspectives on Critical and Feminist Theory in Nursing 411
Sect. 7 Science and Gender 423
Reading 33 Gender and Science 427
Reading 34 Uncovering Gynocentric Science 440
Reading 35 After the Neutrality Ideal: Science, Politics, and "Strong Objectivity" 451
Reading 36 Gender and Nursing Science 462
Sect. 8 Postmodernism and Nursing Science 467
Reading 37 Postmodernism and Knowledge Development in Nursing 471
Reading 38 A Treatise on Nursing Knowledge Development for the 21st Century: Beyond Postmodernism 478
Reading 39 The Necessity for the Evolution of Multiple Paradigms for Nursing Research: A Poststructuralist Perspective 491
Reading 40 The Dilemma of Nursing Science: Current Quandaries and Lack of Direction 498
Author Index 507
Subject Index 521
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