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ERIC Number: EJ1077012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1522-9734
Man and SuperNature. Lecture 12, September 27, 1946
Montessori, Maria
NAMTA Journal, v40 n2 p129-136 Spr 2015
"Man and SuperNature" is a lyrical chapter in the 1946 London course following the emergence of Cosmic Education in Kodaikanal, India. Montessori contrasts the adaptation required of animals for their survival to conscious human adaptation. Animals exist and adapt to nature, but man can alter nature and change the environment. Montessori's article simplifies a deep distinction: Everything humans achieve in Supernature is either a better adaptation or is tragically adversarial. Montessori saw the positive possibilities of this process and described the progress of civilization as a process by which "Man takes all that exists in nature and puts it on a higher plane, that of Supernature." [Reprinted from "The 1946 London Lectures." Copyright 2012 by the Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company.]
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Language: English
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