Art as measure: nursing as safeguarding
Author: Wynn, Francine
Source: Nursing Philosophy, Volume 7, Number 1, January 2006 , pp. 36-44(9)
In this paper I explore the possibilities of nursing as safeguarding through a phenomenological description of a small sculpture by the German artist Käthe Kollwitz. My discussion will be grounded in Heidegger's understanding of technicity as a pervasive systematizing and aggressive challenging-out. The method is grounded in Merleau-Ponty's and Heidegger's contention that strong artworks are truth-disclosing and show up our precognitive contact with the world. Bringing nursing concerns to an encounter with single strong artworks can help us cultivate a more receptive openness to our patients.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 2006