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The Essence of a Woman: 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 there has been recorded words. What is the nature ***** God? and then: What is the nature of Man? followed shortly ***** after by: What ***** the nature of Woman?

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

***** the insight of women, which was voiced by many but was not always well known, the internal workings of the mind of a woman is simply a mystery ***** with ***** proprietary circumstances of her allowable voice. It is within 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 ***** women has therefore historically ***** based upon the idea ***** society is better served by woman 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 ***** was restricted ***** her role as dutiful wife to her master. For many if not all feminists the most basic necessity for ***** and therefore her ***** ***** ***** be able to fully *****ize her ability through the ***** of equal ***** 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 Pizan in the very early renaissance, Mary Wollstonecraft, is thought of as the mother of the feminist dem*****s of ***** education. Wollstonecraft, chided men, society and women for allowing women to continue to leave *****ir abilities unrealized through trifling education that only left her with enough knowledge to serve ***** family and engender romantic thoughts.


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


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


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