Nursing and Health care Practices supporting the Theory
Referred as the father of existentialism, Sren Kierkegaards (1813-1855) philosophically insightful and penetrating work not only focused on the social critique of the 19th-century culture and Christian faith within the state church but also in dealing with spheres of life (aesthetic, ethical and religious) through attacking what he perceived to be both the excessive aestheticism of Romanticism and the Hegelian over-systematization of reality (Martel, 2005).
Major Ethical Theory Developed by Kierkegaard
Kierkegaard has been credited for conceptualizing the teleological suspension of the ethical, which basically refers to an ultimate abandonment of normal religious beliefs by an individual in favor of absolute and unquestioning faith in Gods will (Williams, 2004). Owing to the fact that teleology is the belief in and study of final causes, Kierkegaards theory presupposes that moral individuals must not be bound by social norms alone but rather by actively recognizing duties to a power higher than the social norms (Martel, 2005).
Nursing & Health care Practices supporting the Theory
It can be argued that some of the nursing and that this :
Provision of spiritual or compassionate care in hospital settings to serve the whole individual in all aspects, including the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual (Pochalski, 2001 p. 352).
Assisting patients to find meaning and acceptance of their own suffering in the context of terminal illnesses by affirming Gods will in whatever is happening to the patients, hence achieving spiritual healing (Pochalski, 2001).
In practice settings, medical ethicists and practitioners stress that religion and spirituality form the basis of meaning and purpose for many people (Pochalski, 2001 p. 353).