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Bio-Power, Agamben, and Emerging Nursing Knowledge

Georges, Jane M. PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000311525.50693.9c
Original Article

This philosophical article posits that an emerging theme in contemporary nursing epistemology is bio-power and proposes the use of philosopher Giorgio Agamben's perspectives as a useful approach for the future investigation of bio-power in nursing knowledge. Building upon Meleis' characterization of diversity as the most recent “milestone” of contemporary theoretical development of the nursing discipline, selected recent texts from the nursing literature are analyzed, and implications for future nursing knowledge in the context of Agamben's work are explored.

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, University of San Diego, California.

Corresponding Author: Jane M. Georges, PhD, RN, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110 (jgeorges@san.rr.com).

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.