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“Why Standpoint Matters” By Alison Wylie

In the beginning parts of the writing by Wylie, she brings out a clear outline of the two theses that a researched and thought out standpoint theory must steer away from to stand as a valid point of view. Firstly, an effective standpoint theory must steer away from any supposition of social categories according to their essentialist definitions as well as the common delineations and terms that characterize epistemic standpoints. The second thesis raised by Wylie in Why Standpoint Matters is that an effective standpoint theory must not maintain the notion that members of a given epistemic category class are automatically more in the know compared to others in the society based on social or political status and location.