The Agency of Things: how Spaces and Artefacts Organize the Moral Order of an Intensive Care Unit

This article focuses on the constitutive role of space and artefacts in delineating the moral order of a specific context. Building on the premises of a post-humanistic phenomenology, it proposes a theoretical contribution to a critical understanding of communication as a complex phenomenon distributed between human and non-human semiotic agents. Drawing on ethnographic research in […]

Self-Assessment of Nursing Competencies: Validation of the Finnish NCS Instrument with Italian Nurses

Aim. Research focusing on competence assessment of practicing nurses has recently increased. However, few generic instruments are available for this purpose. This study reports cultural validation of the Italian version of the Nurse Competence Scale (NCS, English version) by exploring nurses’ perceptions of the use of the NCS instrument. Metods. Content validity of the Italian […]

Conversational Pursuit of Medication Compliance in a Therapeutic Community for Persons Diagnosed with Mental Disorders

Purpose: in this article, we contribute to the debate on medication compliance by exploring the conversational “technologies” entailed in the process of promoting clients’ adherence to psychopharmacological prescriptions. Using a case study approach, we explore how medication-related problems are dealt with in conversational interaction between the staff members and the clients of a mental health […]

The Practice of Self-Understanding

To shed new light on the importance of self-care, it is fundamental to pinpoint the role of the emotional life for this process of self-inquiry. The action of knowing raises ethical issues, even more when dealing with the intimate essence of the person; respecting a delicate ethics is the ground for dealing with such investigation. […]

What do the Words “Good” and “Care” Mean for Children? A Research Question from an Eduative Activity

In this paper we present “MelArete”, an educative and research project aimed at educating children to virtue ethics and exploring children’s ethical thinking. In the last year (2016-2017), the project involved six fourth-grade classes of primary schools located in two cities in the North and in the Centre of Italy. The educative path implied twelve meetings […]

Affective Responses and Personal Flourishing

The paper reconstructs, develops and discusses Scheler’s Bildung theory to highlight its relevance for educational philosophy. First, we point out that a personality flourishes through a process of progressive individuation which is modulated by affective maturation and promoted by the encounter with an exemplarity. Then, in order to avoid some limits of Scheler’s realism, we […]