Suggestions for Thought by Florence Nightingale: Selections and Commentaries / Edition 1

Suggestions for Thought by Florence Nightingale: Selections and Commentaries / Edition 1

by Michael D. Calabria
     
 

ISBN-10: 081221501X

ISBN-13: 9780812215014

Pub. Date: 01/28/1994

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Florence Nightingale is best known as the founder of modern nursing, a reformer in the field of public health, and a pioneer in the use of statistics. It is not generally known, however, that Nightingale was at the forefront of the religious, philosophical, and scientific though of her time. In a three-volume work that was never published, Nightingale presented her

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Florence Nightingale is best known as the founder of modern nursing, a reformer in the field of public health, and a pioneer in the use of statistics. It is not generally known, however, that Nightingale was at the forefront of the religious, philosophical, and scientific though of her time. In a three-volume work that was never published, Nightingale presented her radical spiritual views, motivated by the desire to give those who had turned away from conventional religion an alternative to atheism. In this volume Michael D. Calabria and Janet A. Macrae provide the essence of Nightingale's spiritual philosophy by selecting and reorganizing her best-written treatments. The editors have also provided an introduction and commentary to set the work into a biographical, historical, and philosophical context.

This volume illuminates a little-known dimension of Nightingale's personality, bringing forth the ideas that served as the guiding principles of her work. It is also an historical document, presenting the religious issues that were fiercely debated in the second half of the nineteenth century. In Suggestions for Thought, one has the opportunity to experience a great practical mind as it grapples with the most profound questions of human existence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812215014
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Studies in Health, Illness, and Caregiving
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Passionate Statistician
The Western Mystical Tradition
The Founder of Modern Nursing
The Struggle for Fulfillment
Unitarianism
The Influence from Germany and the East
Nightingale and the "Broad Church"
The Manuscript
Dedication3
Ch. 1On the Concept of God5
Ch. 2On Universal Law35
Ch. 3On God's Law and Human Will58
Ch. 4On Sin and Evil77
Ch. 5On Family Life97
Ch. 6On the Spiritual Life116
Ch. 7On Life After Death145
Appendix 1: Guide to the Text155
Appendix 2: Chronology157
Bibliography165
Index173

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