Aesthetic Realism
A New Perspective for Anthropology & Sociology

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Taught by Arnold Perey
Aesthetic Realism Foundation • Autumn 2010

Class is given from 6:05 - 7:30 PM on Alternate Wednesdays

This crucial principle by Eli Siegel is our basis: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.” This is true for people across the map and thousands of years ago as well as ourselves here and now.

We’ll study a groundbreaking discussion of anthropology in The Aesthetic Nature of the World by Eli Siegel, Chapter 5. This chapter is titled “Emotion Exists.” As we see how the opposites of Sameness and Difference are deeply and grandly one in humanity, we’re moved the way a good painting, great music can stir the emotions.

1.The Forest and You
September 22 

"As soon as any living being in a forest is stirred favorably or unfavorably by something in that forest, the world is showing its aesthetic power." —Eli Siegel

2. An Ethical Principle with Myriads of FormsOctober 6

"What comes out most clearly is the preoccupation of the primitive mind with brave dreams that, however fantastic in themselves, react on it to stimulate desire and enlarge hope." —R.R. Marett

3.   No class WEDNESDAY night but class will be SATURDAY October 23 @ 11 AM

We’ll see “The World of Khubilai Khan” as we join The Visual Arts and the Opposites class, taught by Marcia Rackow, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

4.   The Grandeur of Sameness: Yoruba, Trobriand, and NYC
November 3

5.Shaping Clay, Flaking Stone, Thinking of the Infinite
November 17

6.What Is Totemism & Do We Have It? A Lively Survey
December 1

"Frazer conceives totemic phenomena as essentially the same the world over." —Robert Lowie & Clark Wissler

7.   The Opposites As You Find Them in Anthropology
December 15

woman looking at me     women & children     men looking

Call the Aesthetic Realism Foundation at 212-777-4490 for information or log onto

Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded by Eli Siegel in 1941, is taught in classes, public seminars and presentations, and individual consultations at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City; as well as by speaking engagements nationwide and telephone consultations. The Class Chairman, Ellen Reiss, teaches the classes for Aesthetic Realism associates and consultants which I attend. As I write today I am proud to say that I am a consultant on the Foundation's faculty. I teach anthropology and teacher education workshops and I am an instructor in consultations, which teach a person the aesthetic way of seeing the world and themselves.  Links are provided below so you can find out more.


See the page titled " How Aesthetic Realism Opposes Racism." The practical and deep articles on the Web include, too, "On Racism & How to End It" by Nancy Huntting; Allan Michael's "It Is In Contempt That the Root of Racism Lies"; Alice Bernstein's "Poems by Eli Siegel about Martin Luther King and America" and the book she edited: Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism. Other articles include, "The Genome & Equality""Words, Truth, & the Confederate Flag"; "Fascism, Understood At Last!"; "Aesthetic Realism: The Solution to Racism""Contempt, the Cause of Racism""Queen's Visit to Amritsar" by Christopher Balchin. And articles by New York teachers who show how the standard curriculum, K-12, can be used to encourage kindness include: "Prejudice Changes to Respect" and "Students Learn, Prejudice Is Defeated!"

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