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News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Clinton, M.E., Springer, R.A.
Foucault’s legacy for nursing: Are we beneficiaries or intestate heirs?
(2016) Nursing Philosophy, 17 (2), pp. 119-131.

DOI: 10.1111/nup.12113

Abstract
Drawing upon selected literature from the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Canada we examine how Foucault’s concepts of ‘episteme’, ‘rupture’ ‘parrhesia’ ‘care of the self’, and ‘problemitization’ have been applied to particular contexts of leadership development, pedagogy, nursing knowledge, and the relationship between caring and politics. Our aims are threefold: to give examples of how selected Foucauldian concepts have been taken up in practice; to clarify how we are positioned today as nurses; and to invite more nurses to engage critically with historical inquiry and to engage in deep philosophical reflection about their relationship with nursing. We begin by examining the conditions and circumstances of Foucault’s life, and conclude by posing the question in our subtitle to stimulate debate about the philosophical relevance of Foucauldian scholarship to nursing. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Author Keywords
Care of the self; Episteme; Foucault; Parrhesia; Problematization; Rupture

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