PMID: 7992488Oct 1, 1994Paper

Feminist empiricism as a method for inquiry in nursing

Western Journal of Nursing Research
P A Perry


Feminist empiricism may provide a valuable approach for the acquisition, evaluation, and integration of biological knowledge in nursing epistemologies. This article discusses feminist empiricism as a method for inquiry in nursing. Proponents of feminist empiricism strive to work within the current political, social, and scientific structures while acknowledging that all three of these structures must change if less distorted epistemologies are to emerge. Hypertension in women is used to illustrate how feminist empiricism could be used to modify the traditional scientific approach. The argument is made that the androcentricism of the traditional scientific approach must be changed in order to include the problematics of women. Moreover, women must have a central role in determining the problematics of both health and illness in women. A philosophical stance embracing holism cannot deny biological phenomena or preclude research on these phenomena. Theorists and scientists in nursing have a unique opportunity to reconceptualize biological phenomena, from a holistic perspective, in the development of epistemologies for nursing. An argument for the use of basic research as a quantitative methodology, from a feminist perspective, is ...Continue Reading


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