Mark Risjord, Nursing knowledge, science, practice and philosophy
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This book is written by a philosopher and its primary concern is with the nature of nursing science. It is one of only a relatively small number of books by philosophers that have attempted to contribute to the discipline of nursing through philosophical scrutiny of important aspects of it. The cover picture is of a bedcover, though perhaps not the kind one might expect to see on a book about nursing. Instead of a severe-looking hospital bed with tightly folded “hospital” corners, one is presented with a patchwork quilt as seen through a glass ball or lens of some kind. This kind of contrast is one that might have been exploited in the book to represent the two main positions analysed within it. The patchwork quilt metaphor is the one which Risjord defends: “This work has embraced the image of nursing science as a patchwork quilt” (p. 220). The metaphor of the “patchwork quilt” is intended to play the same kind of role as did Quine and Ullian’s “web of belief” in 1978 . The...
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