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Which philosophers of science philosophies are useful in the discipline of nursing practice and leadership? Justify/explain position for each.

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise on the topic (see above) of the philosophies of science in the practice/discipline of nursing. Th3 3 discussed here are the following - Karl Popper's philosophies, Thomas Kuhn's and Ockham's Razor. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. A word version is also attached.

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. There are several theories and philosophies of science that have been applied in the practice of nursing. You are being asked here to choose a few, below, I have given you 3. There is a good book that you can use for this particular subject, it is:

Dahnke, Michael D. , & Dreher, Michael H. (2010), Philosophy of Science for Nursing Practice: Concepts and Application, Springer Publishing Co. Inc.

This book actually focuses on this topic alone and it assumes that the reader is unfamiliar with the philosophy of science, so it is written to be understood. If you can access this book in your library, whether online or otherwise, it will be very helpful. You can also use the resources listed below to explore this topic further. Good luck.

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones


Philosophies of Science in Nursing

What is a 'philosophy of science'? Simply speaking, it is a philosophical undertaking that is focused in exploring the assumptions, processes, methods, basis, foundations and implications/applications of science. Most specifically, these philosophies look at the value and merit of science in terms of application and if the results they bring are of great risk, consequence or benefit to humanity in general. Additionally, philosophers of science also tend to criticize the 'truth' or 'knowledge' established by science, ...

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