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The Meaning of the Common World in Perioperative Nursing Care; A Hermeneutic Study

Department of Anaesthesia and Surgery, Skaraborg Hospital, SE-54185 Skövde, Sweden
Department of Research and Development, SkaS, SE-54185 Skövde, Sweden
Department of Health Sciences, University West, SE-461 86 Trollhättan, Sweden
Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Nord University, 8049 Bodø, Norway
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Humanities 2019, 8(3), 132;
Received: 11 April 2019 / Revised: 25 July 2019 / Accepted: 30 July 2019 / Published: 6 August 2019
The aim of this study is to bring forth the meaning of the common world as it appears in perioperative nursing care. We employed the epistemological standpoints of preunderstanding, the hermeneutic spiral and fusion of horizons grounded in Gadamer’s hermeneutic philosophy as well as Eriksson’s Theory of Caritative Caring based on the ontology of caring science, where caritas is the basic motive and ethos of caring. Four hermeneutic spiral activities were performed, consisting of a mimetic presentation bearing the ontological depth of the common world, its distinctive features, the universal and lasting and finally, the truth inherent in the common world. The inherent truth of the common world is the prevalence of harmony, wholeness and the idea of love, mercy and reverence for human dignity. The common world brings ethics to existence, achieved by the word of honour, which in its true being makes visible the universal and ontological horizons of a common reality. The common world is the creation of a hermeneutic movement inside each suffering human being, where the boundless life-giving time represents the inhabited movement of time, like coming home. View Full-Text
Keywords: common world; distinctive features; Gadamer; hermeneutics; perioperative common world; distinctive features; Gadamer; hermeneutics; perioperative
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Lindberg, S.; Rudolfsson, G. The Meaning of the Common World in Perioperative Nursing Care; A Hermeneutic Study. Humanities 2019, 8, 132.

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