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|Title: ||Georg Henrik von Wright : explanation of the human action : an analysis of von Wright’s assumptions from the perspective of theory development in nursing history|
|Authors: ||Hvalvik, Sigrun|
|Issue Date: ||2001 |
|Abstract: ||The subject of this essay is chosen for the purpose of obtaining a deeper insight into various
methodological aspects related to my forthcoming doctoral work; an historical biographical study of
the Norwegian nursing pioneer, Bergljot Larsson (1883 – 1968).
In the essay I claim that it is of great importance that the interpreter is explicit on the assumptions
underlying his interpretations, and is aware of their influence on the theory developed. I further
discuss how the Finnish philosopher, G.H. von Wright can affect the development of theory in
nursing history by analyzing and evaluation his assumptions on human actions. The analyzes,
evaluations and discussions take place within the theoretical framework of the American nurse
scientist, Hesook Suzie Kim.
Looking at von Wright from Kim’s perspective of the nursing knowledge system, makes it obvious
that von Wright gives directions to aspects and phenomena of great significance to nursing. Von
Wright’s combination of explaining and understanding the human action is a very attractive feature
from the perspective of developing nursing history. Seeing the interpretation as a result of both
describing and understanding is in my view a strength that can be utilized most fruitfully in developing
theories within nursing history.|
|Publisher: ||Høgskolen i Telemark|
|Document type: ||Working paper|
|Appears in Collections:||HiT notat|
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