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We present renowned scholar of nursing philosophy, John Paley, as he introduces his new book: Concept Analysis in Nursing: a New Approach.

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This event presents John Paley as he introduces his new book, Concept Analysis in Nursing: a New Approach, published on 16th February 2021.

Concept analysis is an established genre of inquiry in nursing, introduced in the 1970s. Currently, over 100 concept studies are published annually, yet the methods used within this field have rarely been questioned. In Concept Analysis in Nursing: A New Approach, Paley provides a critical analysis of the philosophical assumptions that underpin nursing’s concept analysis methods. He argues, provocatively, that there are no such things as concepts, as traditionally conceived.

Drawing on Wittgenstein and Construction Grammar, the book first makes a case for dispensing with the traditional concept of a ‘concept’, and then provides two examples of a new approach, examining the use of ‘hope’ and ‘moral distress’. Casting doubt on the assumption that ‘hope’ always stands for an ‘inner’ state of the person, the book shows that the word’s function varies with the grammatical construction it appears in. Similarly, it argues that ‘moral distress’ is not the name of a mental state, but a normative classification used to bolster a narrative concerning nursing’s identity.

Following John’s presentation there will be responses from nursing’s top editors, Roger Watson of Journal of Advanced Nursing and Sally Thorne from Nursing Inquiry

The book is available for purchase here https://www.routledge.com/Concept-Analysis-in-Nursing-A-New-Approach/Paley/p/book/9780367149680

More details about John's work is available here https://john-paley.com/

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