Aesthetic Realism
A New Perspective for Anthropology & Sociology

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Taught by Arnold Perey
6:00 PM alternate Wednesdays
3rd Floor Library, Aesthetic Realism Foundation
Spring 2005


January 25   Anthropological Facts & Scientific Method

"Facts are necessary materials; but their working up by experimental reasoning, i.e., by theory, is what establishes and really builds up science." — Claude Bernard, An Introductuion to the Study of Experimental Medicine, p. 26

February 8   Mesopotamia and the Simplest and Most Urgent Things in the World

Ancient texts, pressed into clay four thousand years ago, contain highs and lows, fors and againsts, excesses and insufficiencies that are in the lives of Americans now.

February 23   Old Man Coyote and the Elemental Opposites

On Native American tricksters, Barry Holstun Lopez writes: "Stith Thompson [called] Coyote...'a beneficent being, bringing culture and light to his people, and a creature of greed, lust and stupidity.'"

March 8   "Mrs. Plum" -- Seeing Evil with Form in Apartheid South Africa

In his story "Mrs. Plum," Es'kia Mphahlele describes white and black people together. Do elemental opposites underlie what he saw? For example: There was something im Mr. Plums' face as she was speaking which made me fear her and pity her at the same time" (p. 119, Under African Skies, E. Larson, ed.).

March 22   Ethics: Does It Really Cross Every Cultural Divide?
The Roman philosopher Seneca wrote: "Of all the benefits that we have from Nature this is the greatest, the fact that Virtue causes her light to penetrate into the minds of all; even those who do not follow her see her" (Of Benefits, IV. xvii. 4).
Saturday, April 8   Art and Anthropology Speak Volumes of Each Other
The class does not meet Wednesday, April 5th, but on Saturday morning at 11 AM. We join the Visual Arts and the Opposites class, taught by Marcia Rackow, at a location to be announced.
April 19   The Simplest Elements of Life in New York
Students look at an instance of New York life from an anthropological perspective, with the Siegel Theory of Opposites as their scientific basis.

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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