Epistemology of Nursing
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Epistemology is the study of knowledge and
justified belief. (SEP, 2005)
Epistemology is the branch of
philosophy which deals with "theory of knowledge".
Epistemology deals with
questions concerning the nature, scope, and sources of
Epistemology is closely related to
- Epistemology was introduced into English by James
Frederick Ferrier (1808-1864).
Epistemology has been defined as 'a branch
of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods;
and limits of human knowledge.' (Kothari & Mehta, 1993)
Epistemology is defined as "the study or a
theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially
with reference to its limits and validity"
(Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, 11th Edition).
Medical epistemology refers to the
knowledge of scope of epistemiology in medicine and
consciousness of its limitations.
knowledge is based on experience
knowledge is innate or not based on experience
knowledge is based on reason and empirical evidence
- knowledge is "constructed"
The epistemology of nursing and
competencies required in health care today demand
examination of how and where students acquire clinical,
conceptual, and empirical knowledge (Vinson, 2000).
- Mitchell GJ, Cody WK. Nursing Knowledge and Human Science:
Ontological and Epistemological Considerations. Nurs Sci Q
Summer, 1992, 5;254-61.
Horsfall JM. Madness in our methods:
nursing research, scientific epistemology. Nursing Inquiry.
Kothari ML, Mehta LA. Medical education:
an epistemiological enquiry. J Postgrad Med 1993;39:114.
Vinson JA. Nursing's epistemology revisited
in relation to professional education competencies.J Prof
Nurs. 2000 Jan-Feb;16(1):39-46.
Yorks L, Sharoff L. An extended
epistemology for fostering transformative learning in
holistic nursing education and practice. Holist
Nurs Pract. 2001 Oct; 16(1):21-9.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy available
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy - http://www.iep.utm.edu/epistemo/
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