Coming to Know Personhood: Philosophical ‘Dates’

Megan Dickson, Ailsa McMillan

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A clear philosophical foundation is vital to developing rigorous nursing research. However, philosophy is often experienced as dense and difficult to engage with. Our intention in this chapter is to introduce the notion of philosophical ‘dates’. By dating philosophers, you can familiarise yourself with their main ideas and arguments. The purpose of dating is to find and articulate philosophies that enable us to strive towards epistemological and ontological authenticity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerson-centred Nursing Research
Subtitle of host publicationMethodology, Methods and Outcomes
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783030278687
ISBN (Print)9783030278670
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Engagement
  • Musselburgh
  • Philosophy in action, values and beliefs


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