Original ArticlesReorienting Esthetic Knowing as an Appropriate “Object” of Scientific Inquiry to Advance Understanding of a Critical Pattern of Nursing Knowledge in PracticeBender, Miriam PhD, RN; Elias, Dina MSN, RN, CCSNAuthor Information Program in Nursing Science, University of California, Irvine. Correspondence: Miriam Bender, PhD, RN, Program in Nursing Science, University of California, Irvine, 252 Berk Hall, Irvine, CA 92697 ([email protected]). The authors have no disclosures to report. Advances in Nursing Science: January/March 2017 - Volume 40 - Issue 1 - p 24-36 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000160 Buy Metrics Abstract The esthetic pattern of knowing is critical for nursing practice, yet remains weakly defined and understood. This gap has arguably relegated esthetic knowing to an “ineffable” creativity that resists transparency and understanding, which is a barrier to articulating its value for nursing and its importance in producing beneficial health outcomes. Current philosophy of science developments are synthesized to argue that esthetic knowing is an appropriate “object” of scientific inquiry. Examples of empirical scholarship that can be conceived as scientific inquiry into manifestations of esthetic knowing are highlighted. A program of research is outlined to advance a science of esthetic knowing. © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.