Practical Discourse Revisited Hermeneutics at the Intersection of Philosophy and NursingPadgett, Stephen M., PhD, RNAdvances in Nursing Science: January/March 2017 - Volume 40 - Issue 1 - p 37–50 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000166 Original Articles Buy Abstract Author InformationAuthors Article MetricsMetrics Three early papers by Janice Thompson—Practical Discourse, Critical Scholarship, and Hermeneutic Inquiry—are examined in reference to the historical context of the time (1985-1990), and implications for current scholarship. Hermeneutic philosophy has been neglected in recent years, overshadowed by its weaker cousin phenomenology. I argue that renewed attention to hermeneutics would help us focus on the “situatedness” of nursing scholars, the class politics of academia, and a better balance in interpretative work between faith and suspicion. Critical hermeneutics also offers a more robust understanding of praxis and phronesis, and links to pragmatism and social studies of science. College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Correspondence: Stephen M. Padgett, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth, MA 02747 (email@example.com). The author has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.