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

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

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

The education ***** ***** has therefore historically been 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 that was restricted ***** her role as dutiful wife to her master. For many if not all feminists the ***** basic necessity for women and therefore her society was to be able to fully *****ize her ability through the attainment of equal ***** and knowledge, an education that went far beyond that of Sophie, the docile pleasing support staff, in Rousseau's Emile.

Though there 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 demands of ***** education. Wollstonecraft, chided men, society and ***** 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 keys*****ne of feminist and some would say anti-feminist *****, a demonstration of the understanding of the epistemological programme ***** *****y. The work will develop a line of thought that demonstrates the evolution of ***** ***** of female knowledge, first through some of the main works *****sociated with the early demands for equal educational attainment and then through ***** modern ideas associated ***** the concepts of feminism ***** philosophy.


First ***** a careful analysis the work ***** Rousseau, Emile as it pertains to the development of the ***** mind, and *****s limitations. *****n, on to the work of Mary *****, 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 modern feminist, Simone de Be*****uvoir who


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