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Keywords:

  • aesthetics;
  • epistemology;
  • knowledge;
  • natural science;
  • nursing science;
  • philosophy;
  • understanding

Natural science and nursing science: where do the horizons fuse?

The natural sciences have an influential effect on society, contemporary world-views, and other scientific disciplines. A brief history of the major advances in the natural sciences and the associated philosophies provides a platform for scholarly discourse regarding the subsequent influence on nursing epistemology. The concepts of knowledge and understanding are differentiated and a cautionary word is expressed not to cast aside the natural sciences and their corollary philosophies as nursing embarks upon its epistemological journey into the 21st century. Aesthetics is presented as a possible fusion of horizons of nursing and natural science.