Hermeneutics as Research Approach: A Reappraisal

  • Graham McCaffrey Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4
  • Shelley Raffin-Bouchal University of Calgary
  • Nancy J. Moules University of Calgary

Abstract

Hermeneutics as a research practice, if it is to remain true to its philosophical origins, involves reappraisal and reinterpretation in relation to its cultural contexts. Among the threads of connection affecting hermeneutic practice are the exigencies of academic institutions and evolving cross-cultural perspectives. This article addresses these issues from the perspective of exploring hermeneutics for a research study of nurses’ relational practice on acute care mental health units from Buddhist perspectives. The exploration is, as hermeneutics must be, both a review and a refashioning, a looking back in order to look forward. Keywords: hermeneutics, research, culture, Buddhism, nursing

Author Biographies

Graham McCaffrey, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4
RN, BA, BN Doctoral student, Faculty of Nursing
Shelley Raffin-Bouchal, University of Calgary
RN, PhD Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing
Nancy J. Moules, University of Calgary
RN, PhD Professor, Faculty of Nursing
Published
2012-04-24
Section
Articles