Epistemology : The Completion Of The Nursing Epistemology Course

889 Words Nov 29th, 2016 4 Pages
At the completion of the Nursing Epistemology course, I have learned that the word epistemology is much more complicated than simply being defined as “knowing how” and “knowing that” as I first believed during the beginning of this course. Schultz and Meleis (1988) suggest that knowing is a discovery process humans perform through observation, perception, and experience as they live and interact with their environment. This development process allows people to interpret and describe the views, opinions, and experiences they develop. Philosophy is a way of systematically thinking about information and beliefs and how they relate to reality. Epistemology is a branch of philosophy that studies what humans know, how we arrive at knowing, what we believe we know, the structure of our knowledge, and the particular foundation or underpinning we use to explain and evaluate our understanding. Epistemology is associated with thinking and expertise related to reality, and the validity of mentally constructed relationships. Epistemology incorporates the nature of concepts, the validity of senses, the use of logical reasoning, and the use of thoughts, ideas, and emotions to form knowledge of our world. Previously, I felt that nursing epistemology exclusively directed the philosophies of nursing theories. However, after learning Carper’s four fundamental patterns of knowing: empirical, personal, aesthetic, and ethical knowledge, I now understand that philosophies of various…

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