Philosophy of Science for Nursing Practice: Concepts and Application

Philosophy of Science for Nursing Practice: Concepts and Application

by Michael D. Dahnke, H. Michael Dreher
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0826105548

ISBN-13: 9780826105547

Pub. Date: 10/26/2010

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

Tailored for both DNP and PhD doctoral nursing programs, this text is the first to focus on philosophy of science applications to the discipline of nursing. The authors, a philosopher and a nurse-scholar who co-teach the course upon which this volume is based, address a growing need for increased philosophy of science content in evolving DNP programs, as well as

Overview

Tailored for both DNP and PhD doctoral nursing programs, this text is the first to focus on philosophy of science applications to the discipline of nursing. The authors, a philosopher and a nurse-scholar who co-teach the course upon which this volume is based, address a growing need for increased philosophy of science content in evolving DNP programs, as well as practice-oriented research considerations for this discipline.

The volume presents a creative use of the social, political, and historical content in which nursing has evolved. As a whole, this extremely important text reassures the student of the fluid and palpable connections between philosophy of science and nursing science and practice.

Key Features:

Explores the concept of nursing as a practice profession and assesses how much philosophy of science is needed for doctoral nursing students.

Examines the practical application of the philosophy of science to both DNP and PhD students.

Addresses the basic principles and concepts of the philosophy of science and their practical application for contemporary practice inquiry.

Provides an overview of the century-long path to the development of nursing science that is an essential "bridge" to the philosophy of science content and serves as a "next step" toward building a nursing epistemology

Reinforces important connections between the philosophy of science and nursing science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826105547
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Reviewers ix

Foreword xi

Preface xvii

Introduction xix

Section I The Practice Discipline

1 What Is a Practice Discipline? H. Michael Dreher 1

2 Nursing as a Practice Discipline H. Michael Dreher 23

3 Philosophy of Science in a Practice Discipline H. Michael Dreher Michael D. Dahnke 55

Section II Philosophy of Science Principles and Concepts for a Practice Discipline

4 Philosophy and Philosophizing Michael D. Dahnke 75

5 The Scientific Revolution Michael D. Dahnke 87

6 One Hundred Years of the Philosophy of Science: A Historical Overview Michael D. Dahnke 95

7 What is Science? The Problem of Demarcation Michael D. Dahnke 115

8 Scientific Methodology Michael D. Dahnke 137

9 Observation: The Scientific Gaze Michael D. Dahnke 153

10 Theory and Reality Michael D. Dahnke 173

11 Explanation and Laws Michael D. Dahnke 189

12 The Feminist Critique of Science Michael D. Dahnke 203

13 Philosophy of Social Science Michael D. Dahnke 219

14 Philosophies of Social Science Michael D. Dahnke 243

Section III From Philosophy of Science to Nursing Science

15 The Path to Nursing Science Today, 1910-2010 H. Michael Dreher 269

16 Next Steps Toward Practice Knowledge Development: An Emerging Epistemology in Nursing H. Michael Dreher 301

Appendix A Sample Philosophy of Science Syllabus: Drexel University 2005-2009 333

Appendix B Suggestions for Syllabi Using Philosophy of Science for Nursing Practice 339

Appendix C Glossary of Philosophical Terms 343

Index 351

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