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


The philosophical discussion of the nature of the female mind and specifically the epistemology of women has been universally debated for as long as there ***** been recorded words. What is the nature of God? and then: What is the ***** of Man? followed shortly ***** after by: What ***** the nature 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 this qualifies as ***** reason for the inherent misogyny associated with epistemology and its relationship to women.

***** the insight of women, which was voiced by ***** but ***** not always well known, the internal workings of ***** mind of a woman is simply a mystery associated with the proprietary circumstances of her allowable voice. It is ********** the context of the late 18th century that we begin to see the real voices of feminists speak out against the stifling assumptions of their lives and minds.

The education ***** ***** has therefore historically ***** based upon the idea ***** society is better served ***** woman embracing her true nature, in the sense of her non-aggressive and nurtur*****g characteristics. The essence of woman, or that which makes her different and 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 women and ***** her ***** was ***** be able to fully realize her ability through the attainment of equal education and *****, an education that went far beyond ***** of Sophie, the docile pleasing support staff, in Rousseau's Emile.

Though t*****e are those who definitely came before her, namely Christine de Piz***** in the very early renaissance, Mary Wollstonecraft, is thought of as the mother of the feminist demands of ***** education. *****, chided men, society and wo***** for allowing women to continue to leave *****ir abilities unrealized through trifling education that only left her with enough knowledge to serve ***** family ***** engender romantic thoughts.


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


First ***** a careful analysis the work of Rousseau, Emile as it pertains to ***** development ***** the female mind, ***** ********** limitations. **********, on to the work of Mary Wolls*****necraft, who eloquently establishes the idea of the shortcomings of the accepted "female" education in Vindication of the Rights of Women. Next, the work ***** what some would call a ***** feminist, Simone de Beauvoir who


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