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The Drama of PossibilityExperience as Philosophy of Culture$
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John J. McDermott and Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226627

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226627.001.0001

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Liberty and Order in the Educational Anthropology of Maria Montessori

Liberty and Order in the Educational Anthropology of Maria Montessori

(p.427) Chapter Twenty-Two Liberty and Order in the Educational Anthropology of Maria Montessori
The Drama of Possibility

John J. McDermott

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This chapter presents an essay on the concepts of order and liberty in the educational anthropology of Maria Montessori. It was she, more than any other person in the 20th century, who realized that the life of the child demanded an education that was ordered, creative and distinctively personal. For her hope to be realized, it is imperative that Western civilization cease viewing the human situation as hierarchical, whereby the child is required to become an adult as quickly as possible. This essay notes that Montessori shares the late-19th century awareness of the developmental nature of humankind in an evolutionary context with other philosophers including William James, Henri Bergson and John Dewey.

Keywords:   Maria Montessori, educational anthropology, liberty, order, child education, essay

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