Nursing Theory for the 21st CenturySailing Beyond: Nursing Theory and the PersonDrevdahl, Denise RN, PhDAuthor Information Assistant Professor; University of Washington, Tacoma; Tacoma, Washington The author thanks David G. Allen and three anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on an earlier draft of this article. Advances in Nursing Science: June 1999 - Volume 21 - Issue 4 - p 1-13 Buy Abstract This article explores nursing's conceptualization of the person in terms of holism and uniqueness. These concepts raise concerns from postmodernist and feminist perspectives in terms of the unitary self, essentialism, culturalism, agency, and subjectivity. The use of holism and uniqueness in nursing theory appeals to the generic person, disregards interactions among the individual's race, class, and sex, and, thus, leaves larger institutional and societal issues unacknowledged, unexplored, and unchallenged. Nursing theories are needed that have social justice as their goal. Copyright © 1999 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.