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Keywords:

  • R.R. Parse;
  • human becoming school of thought;
  • nursing theory;
  • health

Critical review of R. R. Parse’s The Human Becoming School of Thought. A Perspective for Nurses and Other Health Professionals

This paper attempts a critical review of Parse’s recent book The Human Becoming School of Thought. A Perspective for Nurses and Other Health Professionals. The claimed philosophical foundations of the approach are described, as are key assumptions and principles of the human becoming school of thought. Following this, four areas of criticism are identified. These focus on: the key concepts of health and quality of life; Parse’s appeal to human ‘universals’; and the problem of shrouding descriptions of lived experience within the terminology of the human becoming school of thought.