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

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Overview

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. Michael D. Calabria and Janet A. Macrae provide the essence of Nightingale's spiritual philosophy by selecting and reorganizing her best-written treatments.

"This book is an excellent resource for readers seeking to understand Florence Nightingale's thought and its place in the intellectual and philosophical history of nursing. The book provides fertile ground for study and reflection by those interested in a glimpse into the inner life of a complex and productive woman." --Nursing History Review

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"This book is an excellent resource for readers seeking to understand Florence Nightingale's thought and its place in the intellectual and philosophical history of nursing. The book provides fertile ground for study and reflection by those interested in a glimpse into the inner life of a complex and productive woman."—Nursing History Review

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Nightingale, pioneer statistician, and healthcare reformer, and the founder of modern nursing, was also a deeply philosophical and spiritual thinker, as revealed in these selections from her three-volume work, written in her thirties and influential on her later writings. Aiming to provide an alternative to atheism for those who had left traditional religion, she struggles to articulate a reasonable faith, liberate women, and develop a sense of the spirit of God within human persons. Historians, feminists, nurses, and those struggling with issues of religious faith in the contemporary world may find this work inspiring. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812215014
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Studies in Health, Illness, and Caregiving
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael D. Calabria is a lecturer in modern languages at St. Bonaventure University. Janet A. Macrae is a registered nurse and author of Nursing as a Spiritual Practice.
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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
Dedication 3
Ch. 1 On the Concept of God 5
Ch. 2 On Universal Law 35
Ch. 3 On God's Law and Human Will 58
Ch. 4 On Sin and Evil 77
Ch. 5 On Family Life 97
Ch. 6 On the Spiritual Life 116
Ch. 7 On Life After Death 145
Appendix 1: Guide to the Text 155
Appendix 2: Chronology 157
Bibliography 165
Index 173
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