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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 *****re ***** been recorded words. What is the nature ***** God? and then: What ***** the nature of Man? followed shortly there after by: What is the nature 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 *****herent misogyny associated with epistemology and its relationship to women.

Without the insight of women, which was voiced by many but was 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 *****in the context of the late 18th century that we begin to see ***** real voices of feminists speak out against the stifling assumptions ***** their lives and minds.

The education of women has therefore historically been based upon the idea that society is better served by ***** 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 ***** to many opposite man, required an attainment of knowledge that was restricted ***** her role as dutiful wife to her master. For many if ***** all feminists the ***** basic necessity for ***** and ***** her ***** was ***** be able to fully realize 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 Piz***** in the very early renaissance, Mary Wollstonecraft, is thought of as the mother of the feminist *****mands of equal education. *****, chided men, society and wo***** for allowing women to continue to leave *****ir abilities unrealized through trifling education ***** only left her with enough knowledge to serve her family ***** engender romantic *****s.


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


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


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