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International Journal of Applied Philosophy

Volume 13, Issue 2, Fall 1999

James Scott Johnston, Carol Johnston
Pages 187-192

Nietzsche and the Dilemma of Suffering

In this paper. we attempt to view a long-held assumption in nursing as mistaken. That is, that patient suffering is something to be overcome. Utilizing Nietzsche’s statements on Amor Fati, we carefully examine the cultural assumptions behind our denigration of suffering, look at specific nursing examples of this situation, and attempt the beginnings of a discourse on what it would take for nurses to overcome their own predetermined views of suffering in order to better help their patients “own” their own suffering.

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