Generic Humanity Assumption Summary

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Throughout chapter 3, we see a discussion on feminism concerning epistemology and how the traditional epistemologies do not support both sexes. Two of the four assumptions of traditional epistemology that feminists rejected are the Generic Humanity Assumption and The View from Nowhere Assumption. Generic Humanity Assumption is the theory that there is one universal human nature, which is basically an idea which lumps everyone together and takes away the individualistic attributes of the people. With this assumption, it is basically stating that everything a man experiences is either equal to a women's experience or irrelevant as a whole, which feminists pointed out was far from the truth. A lot of women are unable to relate to the lives of

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