Examples of generic generalizations are:
Without a quantifying pronoun (such as “all”, “some” or “many”), it is not possible to infer from such a statement whether it refers to the entire extension of the term, or only to a part of it. However, this ambiguity can very easily lead to incorrect conclusions.
This article is still “work in progress” and thus incomplete. In the meantime, please see the resources listed below for more information on this topic.
- Generic Generalizations on Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy