Practice and the Human Sciences: The Case for a Judgment-Based Practice of Care (S U N Y Series in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences)

Polkinghorne, Donald E.

I believe there is a case to be made for a judgment-based approach and against the technological approach for the practices of care. The purpose of this book is to present this case. The move to technologize the practices of care is part of a more general expansion of technical thinking into the control and management of the human realm. The move overlooks the significance of the unique characteristics of the human realm and the value of the differences among the individual members of the human realm. In making the case for a judgment-based practice I have drawn on a wide variety of sources in the philosophy of social science, philosophy of technology, and cognitive science. This book is addressed to graduate students preparing to be practitioners of care—teachers, nurses, counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, and others—and to their professors. Its purpose is to assemble the case for the necessity of practitioner judgment in the performance of practices of care.

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