The Epistemic Dignity of Knowledge Developed Through Nursing Practice

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In this article, I revisit a philosophical idea from Intermodernism about generating knowledge through nursing practice and examine how this may enhance the epistemic dignity of knowledge. Epistemic dignity is an evaluation of knowledge (formalized in theories) as possessing quality and worth as scientific knowledge and as held in esteem by a disciplinary community and others. The philosophical turn toward the practice of science is discussed along with contemporary work on theoretical virtues as qualities of scientific theory. In addition, I suggest that what we may refer to as uniquely nursing knowledge is knowledge that is generated through nursing practice and ground in disciplinary perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-44
Number of pages6
JournalNursing science quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • epistemic
  • knowledge
  • nursing practice
  • philosophy of science
  • theory virtues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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