Critical & Postmodern PerspectivesAn Emerging Discourse Toward Epistemic Diversity in NursingGeorges, Jane M. PhD, RN Author Information From the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, University of San Diego, San Diego, California. The author is extremely grateful for the assistance of Dr Sharon McGuire in the preparation of this article. Corresponding author: Jane M. Georges, PhD, RN, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492 (e-mail: [email protected]). Advances in Nursing Science: January 2003 - Volume 26 - Issue 1 - p 44-52 Buy Abstract Grounded in a postmodern feminist methodology, this article undertakes an initial analysis of a newly emerging discourse in contemporary nursing academia in the United States. Two currently prominent discourses in nursing, a dominant discourse informed by the processes and values of “science” in the Enlightenment sense and a concurrent marginalized discourse informed by postmodernism, are described as a context for the emerging discourse. A genealogy informed by the work of Foucault is presented as a basis for an analysis of the power effects resulting from the conflict between these 2 discourses. Finally, 3 recent texts in nursing are analyzed and common themes identified as indicative of a new intertextual discourse, termed “epistemic diversity,” emerging from this discursive conflict. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.