1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Nursing

Edited By Martin Lipscomb Copyright 2024

    Philosophy offers a means of unpacking and grappling with important questions and issues relevant to nursing practice, research, scholarship, and education. By engaging in these discussions, this Handbook provides a gateway to new understandings of nursing.

    The Handbook, which is split loosely into seven sections, begins with a foundational chapter exploring philosophy’s relationship to and with nursing and nursing theory. Subsequent sections thereafter examine a wide range of philosophic issues relevant to nursing knowledge and activity.

    • Philosophy and nursing, philosophy and science, nursing theory
    • Nursing’s ethical dimension is described
    • Philosophic questions concerning patient care are investigated
    • Socio-contextual and political concerns relevant to nursing are unpacked
    • Contributors tackle difficult questions confronting nursing
    • Difficulties around speech, courage, and race/otherness are discussed
    • Philosophic questions pertaining to scholarship, research, and technology are addressed

    International in scope, this volume provides a vital reference for all those interested in thinking about nursing, whether students, practitioners, researchers, or educators.

    1. Introduction
    2. Martin Lipscomb

    3. Nursing, Philosophy, and Nursing Philosophy
    4. Mark Risjord

    5. On the Contribution of the Nursing Theorists
    6. Sally Thorne

    7. Philosophy of Science and Nursing Research
    8. Robyn Bluhm

    9. What is the Art in the Art and Science of Nursing?
    10. Graham McCaffrey

    11. The Knowledge of Nursology
    12. Jacqueline Fawcett

    13. (Normative) Moral Theory and Nursing Practice
    14. Paul Snelling

    15. Nursing: a moral profession?
    16. Roger Newham

    17. Remembering the Future: Nursing’s Social Ethics
    18. Marsha D Fowler

    19. Nursing and Morality in China: The Necessity and Possibility of a Confucian Ethics of Care
    20. Jing-Bao Nie

    21. Islamic humanism: Towards Understanding Nursing Care for Muslim Patients
    22. Mustafa M Bodrick, and Jason A Wolf, and Ghadah Abdullah, and Mutlaq B Almutairi, and Abdulaziz M Alsufyani, and Fatma S Alsolamy, and Hisham M Alfayyadh

    23. Dependency
    24. Simon van der Weele

    25. Pain: Levinas and Ethics
    26. Lawrence Burns

    27. Vulnerability and Relations of Care
    28. Thomas Foth

    29. Placebo Effect and Nursing
    30. Daniele Chiffi, and Mattia Andreoletti

    31. Collectivism, personhood, and the role of patient and family
    32. Ingrid Hanssen

    33. A hermeneutical agential conception of suffering
    34. Franco A Carnevale

    35. Hermeneutic phenomenology, person centred care, and loneliness
    36. Ken Hok Man Ho, and Vico Chung Lim Chiang

    37. Why thriving – and well-being – ought to be fundamental goals in nursing
    38. Marit Kirkevoid

    39. Life and Death: Nursing responses to euthanasia
    40. Martin Woods

    41. Care and Compassion in Nursing
    42. Sigríður Halldórsdóttir

    43. Nursing's endless pursuit of professionalization
    44. Denise J Drevdahl, and Mary K Canales

    45. Medicine and Nursing Through the Advanced Nurse Practitioner Lens
    46. Martin McNamara, and Wayne Thompson

    47. The promotion of resilience in nursing: reification, second order signification and neoliberalism
    48. Michael Traynor

    49. Problematizing Moral Distress, Moral Resilience, and Moral Courage: Implications for Nurse Education and Moral Agency
    50. Pamela J Grace

    51. Equality, equity, and distributional justice in nursing: agism and other impediments
    52. Michael Igoumenidis, and Evridiki Papastavrou

    53. Avoiding the Triumph of Emptiness: The Threats of Educational Fundamentalism and Anti-Intellectualism in Nursing Education
    54. Louise Racine, and Helen Vandenberg

    55. Who knew? Towards a sociology of ignorance in nursing.
    56. Amélie Perron

    57. Self-sacrifice in nursing: Taboo or valuable reality?
    58. Inge van Nistelrooij

    59. Is there a personal responsibility for health?
    60. M Murat Civaner

    61. Care and Its Entanglements
    62. Holly Symonds-Brown, and Harkeert Judge, and Christine Ceci

    63. Rethinking Holism: Expanding the Lens from Patient Experience to Human Experience
    64. Jason A Wolf, and Mustafa M Bodrick, and Freda DeKeyser Ganz

    65. Empathy and Dialogue in Nursing Care
    66. Fredrik Svenaeus

    67. Navigating the Edges of Critical Justice Theory through the Logic of Nursing
    68. Barbara Pesut

    69. Anxiety and moral courage: The path to authentic nursing?
    70. Dawn Freshwater

    71. Freedom of speech as a philosophy of nursing
    72. Roger Watson

    73. Using Philosophical Inquiry to Dismantle Dominant Thinking in Nursing about Race and Racism
    74. Annette J Browne, and Colleen Varcoe, and Lydia Wytenbroek, and Ismalia De Sousa, and Chloe Crosschild

    75. Perpetuating the whiteness of nursing: Enculturation and nurse education
    76. Debra Jackson

    77. What can queers teach us about nursing ethics?
    78. Maurice Nagington

    79. No as an Act of Care: A Glossary for Kinship, Care Praxis, and Nursing’s Radical Imagination
    80. Jessica Dillard-Wright, and Favorite Iradukunda, and Ruth De Souza, and Claire Valderama-Wallace

    81. Phenomenology and nursing
    82. Dan Zahavi

    83. Is there anyone here who has a genuine medical problem? Health, illness, and Aristotle
    84. Peter Allmark

    85. Concept analysis
    86. John Paley

    87. Epistemic injustice and vulnerability
    88. Havi Carel

    89. A process philosophy perspective on the relationality of nursing and leadership
    90. Miriam Bender

    91. Technology and nursing
    92. Olga Petrovskaya

    93. Teaching and Learning Clinical Reasoning: Maximizing Human Intelligence, Expert Clinical Reasoning, Scientific Knowledge, and Decision-Making Supports

    Patricia Benner


    Martin Lipscomb is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester's Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery (UK).