Original ArticlesPractical Discourse Revisited Hermeneutics at the Intersection of Philosophy and NursingPadgett, Stephen M. PhD, RNAuthor Information 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 protected]). The author has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Advances in Nursing Science: January/March 2017 - Volume 40 - Issue 1 - p 37-50 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000166 Buy Metrics Abstract 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. © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.