The ideas of Michel Foucault are becoming increasingly influential in nursing literature.
The purpose of this paper is to point to pitfalls entailed in too ready an acceptance of Foucault.
The article concentrates on his treatment of scientific approaches to the human body.
His position is identified as one of judgemental relativism, in that he denies that there are any criteria that can be used to judge between different claims made about the nature of the body.
It is argued that Foucault comes to his position through acceptance of the epistemic fallacy - the confusion of being with knowledge about being.
It is contended that resolution of this problem requires the adoption of a realist philosophy, which enables discernment between different approaches to the human body.
Using this criterion, it is argued that'holistic'nursing can validly claim a deeper knowledge of health.
Mots-clés Pascal : Philosophie, Nursing, Corps, Maladie, Besoin
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Philosophy, Nursing, Body, Disease, Need
Notice produite par :
ENSP - Ecole nationale de la santé publique (devenue EHESP)
Cote : 96/11 V
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 13/02/1998.