The Mission


To serve the public and professions engaged in the caring sciences by advancing knowledge and practice through the generation, synthesis and dissemination of knowledge for caring. In particular, we wish to build upon and develop theoretical and methodological underpinnings that are drawn from European scholars concerning a European philosophy for health and wellbeing.

Our academic pursuit concerns the generation of scholarly projects to establish 'caring science' as a discipline in its own right. We are interested in generating knowledge about what caring is, what caring practices 'are for' and how they can be meaningfully sustained to promote the health processes and the experience of well-being. In pursuing this ideal we are guided by a central question: What kind of knowledge is needed for the practise of caring?

We embrace a distinctive foundation that builds on the rich European heritage of Continental Philosophy. Through our scholarship we draw on the philosophy, i.e ontology, epistemology and methodology, to articulate a knowledge that will benefit the people who are on the receiving end of care by:

  • Making use of lifeworld theory and methods that allow us to access descriptions and concrete experiences - offering distinctive evidence for caring
  • Illuminating the existential issues that we all share as humans- offering distinctive knowledge for caring practices

So in our desire to produce knowledge for caring we wish to articulate a particular view of science, a particular view of the person and a particular view of health and well-being. As such, our distinctive European foundation, rooted in continental philosophy provides a credible ways for us to guard against the dangers of reductionism in our disciplinary and professional pursuits. The specific topics that focus our work - lifeworld led care and education, transcultural care and public health are consistent with this non-reductionist emphasis:

  • Life-world led care and education: the seamlessness of our human lives as a foundation
  • Transcultural care: the play between the human ground that we share and the diversities of history and culture
  • Public health: an acknowledgement of how we are contextual beings and so cannot be understood within a simple causal framework---the need for an inclusion of both macro and micro views of health, well-being and caring.

This scholarly endeavour is not the preserve of any one health or social care discipline but is relevant to all the disciplines that contribute to human care services. Therefore the knowledge that we produce as an academy is inherently transprofessional and we are working together, comprising a range of disciplines in health and social care. So it is in the European spirit of Bildung1i that we wish to fundamentally revisit the meanings of the many things we take for granted - 'truth', 'being human', 'knowledge', 'science', 'health', 'well-being', 'evidence', 'culture' to come back to what may have been obscured in our current health and social care context as we usefully pursue for example, cure, technological solutions and a hierarchy of evidence.

Reference:

European Academy of Caring Science URL: www.eacs.nu

Accessed 4th October 2011

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