Self Evaluation Of Current Understanding Of Epistemology And State Of Knowledge Development

876 Words Nov 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Deniece A. Jukiewicz
Self-Evaluation of Current Understanding of Epistemology and State of Knowledge Development in Nursing 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 allowing them to interpret and describe the views, opinions, and experiences they develop. Philosophy is a way of systematically thinking about 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 claim and evaluate our understanding. Epistemology is associated with our thinking and expertise related to reality, and the validity of the relationships we mentally construct. Epistemology includes the nature of mental concepts, the validity of our senses, the use of logical reasoning, and the use of thoughts, ideas, and emotions to form our knowledge of our world. Previously, I felt that nursing epistemology exclusively directed the philosophies of…

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