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Exploring the Justificational Status of Assertions Made About Nursing’s Collective Beliefs

Lipscomb, Martin ORCID: (2016) Exploring the Justificational Status of Assertions Made About Nursing’s Collective Beliefs. In: 20th Annual International Philosophy of Nursing Conference (IPONS) & the 12th Biennial Philosophy in the Nurse’s World Conference (uPNR), 22nd - 24th August 2016, Quebec, Canada. (Unpublished)

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Nursing publications frequently reference groups (e.g. the group nurses). The nature and capabilities of group agents or collective subjects, and the relationship between nursing as a group and nurses as individuals is, however, rarely made explicit in these publications. Following Alvin Goldman, questions pertaining to groups can be classified as metaphysical or epistemic. Metaphysical questions take two forms. First, we might ask about the ontological status of group agents. For example, to what extent, if at all, do group agents exist and act independently of their constituent members? Second, we can ask whether group agents have psychological states or properties that can, for example, be formulated as propositional attitudes and, if they can, in what ways are group attitudes correlated with or tied to those of individual group members? In this presentation, having recognised the potential reality of group ontological and psychological being, I examine an under researched element of social epistemology. Specifically, the potential of non-individualist reliabilism (social process reliabilism) to justify doxastic group beliefs (i.e. statements such as “nurses believe that”) are considered. It is suggested that this issue has concrete implications for how we think about nursing.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: nursing, nursing publications, beliefs
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Martin Lipscomb
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2016 08:27
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:11

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