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Standpoint Epistemology

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Such mentality creates bias assumptions and conclusions with regards to the questions related to knowledge.During the early 1970s, a movement called the “feminism” was established in order to fight for their human, social, and political rights equal to those of men. Establishing the movement was the feminist epistemologists’ way of preventing the unjustifiable beliefs that are going on against the capabilities of women in line with the issues related to equal respect, gender equality, sexual oppression, and sex discrimination into a public concern.As part of the study, general facts regarding the standpoint epistemology, with respect to the need to incorporate feminism or the female point-of-views and other concerns, will be discussed elaborately. Eventually, the researcher will develop an argument based on the different opinions of the past and current philosophers with regards to the ways on how standpoint epistemology should be developed. At the end of the study, the researcher will make a conclusion by expressing her own point-of-view related to the arguments of several philosophers.As defined in the Merrian-Webster dictionary, standpoint is referring to “a position whereby an object, a principle, or a belief is being viewed and according to which these ideas are being compared and judged.” (Merriam-Webster Online, 2006 – 2007a) On the other hand, the word epistemology derived from a Greek word epistēmē meaning knowledge (Merrian-Webster, 2006 – 2007b), is a branch of the study of Philosophy that is purely based on a theory of valid knowledge. In other words, a standpoint epistemology is a study that is focused on gathering true facts by being able to differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable information, knowledge, or belief. In order to fully understand standpoint epistemology, it is essential to understand the concept of feminism.