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The Essence of a Woman: An Epistemological Programme of Mastery

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***** philosophical discussion of the nature of ***** 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? ***** then: What ***** the nature of Man? followed shortly there after by: What is the ***** of Woman?

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

Without the insight of women, which was voiced by many but was ***** always well known, the internal workings of ***** mind of a woman is simply a mystery ***** with the proprietary circumstances ***** her allowable voice. It is within the context of the late 18th century that we begin ***** see ***** real voices of feminists speak out against the stifling assumptions ***** their lives and minds.

The education of ***** has therefore historically been based upon the idea that 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 her 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 ***** basic necessity for women and ***** her ***** ***** to be able to fully *****ize 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 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 fem*****ist *****mands of equal education. *****, chided men, society and wo***** for allowing women to continue to leave their abilities unrealized ***** trifling education that only left her with enough knowledge to serve her family ***** engender romantic *****s.

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

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

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