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Everything Postmodern
Everything Postmodern started as a single page of links in 1995. It has since grown to eight pages containing links to over 650 postmodern theory resources, sites, and journals.

From Critical Thought to Emanicipatory Action: Contradictory Research Goals?
This article results from reading Lather's Getting Smart (1991) and Hammersley's The Politics of Social Research (1995). The theme is the debates between 'traditional' research approaches and 'emancipatory' research approaches. It is argued that these debates are based on stereotypical views which obscure important characteristics held in common, and both require to be interrogated. The article examines two of these characteristics, appeals to a metanarrative of emancipation and the will to power, and considers the implications of the privileging of scientific knowledge over other forms of knowledge. It concludes by considering the possibilities for a praxis-oriented research which may lead to possibilities for emancipatory action.

From Essentialism to Constructivism:
Philosophy of Technology at the Crossroads

What Heidegger called "The Question of Technology" has a peculiar status in the academy today. After World War II, the humanities and social sciences were swept by a wave of technological determinism. If technology was not praised for modernizing us, it was blamed for the crisis of our culture. Whether interpreted in optimistic or pessimistic terms, determinism appeared to offer a fundamental account of modernity as a unified phenomenon. This approach has now been largely abandoned for a view that admits the possibility of significant "difference," i.e. cultural variety in the reception and appropriation of modernity. Yet the breakdown of simplistic determinism has not led to quite the flowering of research in philosophy of technology one might hope for.

Heidegger, Phenomenology and the Essence of Technology
The essence of technology, in the Heideggerian sense of the understanding of being which makes it possible, is what he calls das Ge-stell,enframing. Explaining the linguistic motives for the choice of this word would require an essay on its own. Suffice it to say enframing is not an activity in any ordinary sense nor is it itself something technological. It is a way of understanding being or what Heidegger also calls a way of revealing (Entbergen). The essence of technology, Ge-stell, is a way of revealing ( disclosing, uncovering, bringing out of concealment) of what is (Seiendes or das Seiende) as Bestand (standing-reserve).

Humanistic Psychology (AHP)
Throughout history many individuals and groups have affirmed the inherent value and dignity of human beings. They have spoken out against ideologies, beliefs and practices which held people to be merely the means for accomplishing economic and political ends. They have reminded their contemporaries that the purpose of institutions is to serve and advance the freedom and power of their members.

Janus Head
Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts. Janus Head is devoted to maintaining an attitude of respect and openness to the various manifestations of truth in human experience; it strives to foster understanding through meditative thinking, narrative structure, and poetic imagination. Like the Janus head reliefs found over the doorways of old Roman homes, this journal, too, is situated at a threshold. Janus Head aims to be a threshold through which graduate students and professionals may enter a world where they may present ideas and dialogue among one another.

Lectures on Heidegger's "Being and Time"
Real Audio and MP3 presentation of 29 of Heidegger's key lectures.

Many Voices, Many Visions:
Toward a Feminist Methodology for Narrative Theology and Ethics

Feminist scholars have long noted the importance of women telling their own stories, in their own voices. Women's stories offer concrete grounding in experience from which we may engage in theological and moral reflections, and can provide resources for feminist transformation of society.

Martin Heidegger Biography and Resources
Excellent collection of materials, information and resources related to Heidegger's work. Includes other sections on virtually every major philosopher.

Mythos and Logos
Home page of Brent Dean Robbins dedicated to the promotion of existential-phenomenological philosophy, psychology and literature, as well as psychoanalytic thought, perennial philosophy, myth & metaphor

Narrative Psychology Internet & Resource Guide
This page focuses upon narrative perspectives in psychology and allied disciplines and provides an interdisciplinary guide to bibliographical and Internet resources concerned with "the storied nature of human conduct" (Sarbin, 1986) broadly conceived.

Oral History Society, U.K
Oral history records the living memories and feelings of all kinds of people, many otherwise hidden from history, and creates a more vivid picture of our past.

Personal Construct Psychology
Personal construct psychology is a constructivist system of psychology developed by George Kelly and expounded in his two-volume work: Principles of Personal Construct Psychology (1955). Kelly was a clinical psychologist and educator, and the primary impact of his work initially was in psychotherapy and education. However, PCP presents a complete psychological system, and it has come to widely used in management studies, knowledge modeling in artificial intelligence, and in a wide range of other disciplines.

Phenomenology Research and Writing
Dr. Max van Manen's research seminar explores human science methodology and focuses on recent developments in hermeneutic phenomenology. Phenomenology evolved alongside the emergence and evolution of specific awarenesses with respect to the diversity of human experiences and the variety of ontologies underlying these experiences.

Phenomenology, Psychology, Science, and History: A Reading of Kuhn
in Light of Heidegger as a Response to Hoeller's Critique of Giorgi

In Psychology as a Human Science, Giorgi (1970) argues that a phenomenologically oriented human science is an alternative "paradigm" to the current tradition of natural science psychology. Utilizing Kuhn's (1962) conception of science as consisting of periods of revolution, which are followed by periods of "normal science," Giorgi takes up the banner of phenomenological psychology as a competing "paradigm" for the next period of "normal science" in the history of psychology.

Significant differences: The construction of knowledge, objectivity and dominance
by Dr. Donna M. Hughes in Women's Studies International Forum, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 396-406, 1995. The scientific method is a tool for the construction and justification of dominance and exploitation in the world. It also enables the creation of replicable information and explanations of the natural and social world. Recognizing these dual functions is crucial to understanding how the scientific method is used to provide increasingly broad and in-depth understandings of the world and to explain and create stratifications within the world.

Spirit and Soul in the Therapeutic Relationship
An Exploration of Hillman's Archetypal Psychology in Light of a case study in Boss' Daseins analysis

Student Websites: Nursing Inquiry
A collection of collaborative student websites, created as a group to express information and insight into various topics in Nursing Inquiry. Fall 1999 to Spring 2008.

The Pathic Nature of Inquiry and Nursing
The pathic touch is no less complex than the gnostic touch. The pathic touch may be experienced in a variety of modalities. Within the context of the discussion on palpation, I would distinguish between a private and a personal touch; though these too have several experiential dimensions. Thus the private touch may be loving, friendly, erotic, or intimate; and the personal touch may be experienced as supportive, caring, comforting, healing, therapeutic, and so forth.

Ways of Knowing
I too wanted to discover what I might become. I had no grandmother to guide me, but I could go to Ruby Mountain. A mountain became my mentor. A mountain taught me I am my own greatest teacher. I learned to stop a nosebleed with spider web, to soothe a bee sting with the chewed up leaves of willow. When I was thirsty, I bit the juicy green leaves of wild sorrel or the hard black crowberries bears feed on. Mountain cranberries I gathered by the handful, blueberries one at a time, exploding each delicate oval between my teeth and marvelling at the spreading blue-purple stain on my fingertips.

Nursing Informatics Integration for the BSN in Nursing Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Design & Content by June Kaminski, RN MSN PhD(c) - 1999 - 2008
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