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Fuzzy thinking

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  • Peter Cave BA(Hons) PGCE

    1. Associate Lecturer in Philosophy (Applied Ethics), The Open University and Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy, The City University, London
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Peter Cave Faculty of Philosophy, The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, England.

Abstract

Philosophical analysis is increasingly applied to nursing issues. Whereas pre-analytical discussions might be sloppy, analysis should bring rigour. This paper explores some mistakes and misconceptions concerning nurse-related reasonings. It uses, as a running theme, a recent paper in the Journal of Advanced Nursing by Rolfe. The mistakes and misleadings to be found in the paper are not uncommon; so the paper’s correction quest aims more widely than single author critique. The mistakes and misconceptions could initially appear abstract and without practical outcome; in order to avoid the threatened appearance, a nursing case study is presented, displaying some undesirable consequences for a nurse who is misled by her reading. It is hoped that this paper shows how some accuracy may be well leading.

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