General ArticlesTranscendent Pluralism A Middle-Range Theory of Nonviolent Social Transformation Through Human and Ecological DignityPerry, Donna J. PhD, RNAuthor Information Graduate School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Worcester. Correspondence: Donna J. Perry, PhD, RN, Graduate School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Worcester, 55 Lake Ave N, Worcester, MA 01655 (DonnaJ.Perry@umassmed.edu). The author extends her gratitude to members of her dissertation committee who supported her in developing this theory: Dorothy Jones, EdD, RNC, FAAN (chair); Frank Braio, PhD; Pamela J. Grace, PhD, RN, FAAN; Sister Callista Roy, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Danny Willis, DNS, PMHCNS-BC. The author also thanks Patrick Byrne, PhD, for his teaching in Lonergan's philosophy and Joseph Scannell, MFA, for his insight into the work of an artist. The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Advances in Nursing Science: October/December 2015 - Volume 38 - Issue 4 - p 317-329 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000086 Buy Metrics Abstract Transcendent pluralism is a middle-range theory that focuses on the emergence of human dignity within relationships among diverse peoples through nonviolent social transformation. The theory proposes that contemporary social problems that negatively influence health are rooted in human and ecological devaluation and that healing is needed through the advance of dignity. The theory has been developed through both deductive and inductive processes including 4 research studies. The theory of transcendent pluralism provides a framework for nurses seeking to advance dignity. This article provides an overview of the theory's development and components. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.