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

Introduction:

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

***** 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 ***** the *****herent misogyny associated with epistemology and its relationship to women.

***** the insight of women, which was voiced by ***** but was ***** always well known, the internal workings of the mind of a woman is simply a mystery associated with ***** proprietary circumstances ***** her allowable voice. It is within 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 of women has therefore historically been based upon the idea ***** society is better served ***** ***** embracing her true nature, in the sense of her non-aggressive and nurtur*****g 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 ***** and ***** her ***** ***** ***** be able to fully *****ize her ability through the attainment of equal education and *****, an education that went far beyond that of Sophie, the docile pleasing support staff, in Rousseau's Emile.

Though t*****e 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 demands of ***** education. Wollstonecraft, 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 and engender romantic thoughts.

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

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

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