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Art as measure: nursing as safeguarding

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In this paper I explore the possibilities of nursing as safeguarding through a phenomenological description of a small sculpture by the German artist K├Ąthe 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.

Keywords: Heidegger; Kollwitz; Merleau-Ponty; art; dying; technology

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-769X.2006.00247.x

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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