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The Essence of a Wom*****n: An Epistemological Programme of Mastery


***** philosophical discussion of the nature of the female mind and specifically the epistemology of women has been universally debated for as long as ********** has been recorded words. What is the nature ***** God? ***** then: What ***** the nature of Man? followed shortly there after by: What is the ***** of Woman?

It is not a secret that most of the first recorded philosophers were men, in fact this is even true today. To many ***** qualifies as the reason for ***** ********** misogyny associated with epistemology and its relationship to women.

***** the insight of women, which was voiced by ***** but ***** ***** always well known, the internal workings of ***** mind of a woman is simply a mystery ***** with the proprietary circumstances of her allowable voice. It is ********** the context ***** the late 18th century that we begin ***** see ***** real voices of feminists speak out against the stifling assumptions of their lives and minds.

The education of women has therefore historically ***** based upon the idea that society is better served ***** ***** embracing her true nature, in the sense of her non-aggressive and nurturing characteristics. The essence of woman, or that which makes ***** different ***** to many opposite man, required an attainment of knowledge that was restricted ***** her role as dutiful wife to her master. For many if not all feminists the most basic necessity for ***** and therefore her ***** was ***** be able to fully *****ize her ability through the attainment of equal ***** and knowledge, an education that went far beyond ***** of Sophie, the docile pleasing support staff, in Rousseau's Emile.

Though there are those who def*****itely came before her, namely Christine de Pizan in the very early renaissance, Mary Wollstonecraft, is thought of as the mother of the feminist *****m*****s of equal education. *****, chided men, society and women for allowing women to continue to leave *****ir abilities unrealized ***** trifling education that only left her with enough knowledge to serve her family ***** engender romantic thoughts.


This work will establish through the analysis of a keystone of feminist and some would say anti-feminist *****, a demonstration of the understanding of ***** epistemological programme of *****y. The work will develop a line ***** thought that demonstrates the evolution of ***** ***** of female knowledge, first through ***** of the main works associated with ***** early demands ***** ***** educational ***** and ***** through some modern ideas associated with the concepts of feminism ***** philosophy.


First through a careful analysis ***** work ***** Rousseau, ***** as it pertains to the development of the female mind, and ***** limitations. **********, on to ***** work of Mary Wollstonecraft, who eloquently *****es the idea of the shortcomings of ***** accepted "female" education in Vindication ***** the Rights of Women. Next, the work ***** what some would call a ***** feminist, Simone de Be*****uvoir *****


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