Aesthetic Realism
A New Perspective for Anthropology & Sociology

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Taught by Arnold Perey
6:00 PM alternate Wednesdays

Aesthetic Realism Foundation • Summer 2007

Sameness and Difference: Those Crucial Opposites

The aesthetic way of seeing is needed for respect to flourish among people of different cultures or races. This is because every prejudiced way of seeing people is unaesthetic, ugly, and comes from a contemptuous, inaccurate way of perceiving difference and sameness.   Two statements, for example, that you often hear are: (1) “We’re not like them. They’re totally different from us.” ― and (2) “I know people. They’re all alike.” Here, difference and sameness are seen falsely.   But the principle by Eli Siegel, “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves,” gives the means for an accurate a beautiful ― way of seeing people. And this is what the world needs. These 7 classes go for exactness about sameness and difference

May 23   Culture ― Self-Expression or Straitjacket?

Sources: The Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa in 19 th century Japan and A.L. Kroeber’s writing on culture as an unseen force in society.

June 6    Anger at Another Nation & at Yourself

Sources include “The Pueblos” in Patterns of Culture (Ruth Benedict) & articles in the New York Times (May 13, 2007) etc.

June 20   Telling Stories: For or Against the World

See Myths of the Cherokee (James Mooney), blogs,, etc.

July 4     NO CLASS   (Makeup Class on Saturday, August 25)

July 18   Contempt vs. Respect for the Earth

Overpopulation and global warming. Sources include Kalahari Hunter-Gatherers (R. Lee & Irven DeVore, eds.) and An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore

August 1  Inflation vs. Exact Value

The opposites of inflation and exact value are in the self and in economics (both tribal and current). Sources include Habitat, Economy, & Society by C. Darryl Forde.

August 15 Every Culture Is Related to Your Own

Students in the class discuss their findings.

SATURDAY August 25 Symbols in Myth Are About You!

10 AM Metropolitan Museum of Art. Joining The Visual Arts and the Opposites class taught by Marcia Rackow we look at mythical animals and other beings.




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.

Critical Links

bulletAesthetic Realism Foundation bulletAesthetic Realism Online Library  
  bulletMy Weblog: "A New Perspective" bulletMy Weblog: "An Anthropologist Speaks"  
  bulletEllen Reiss on "Criticizing" John Keats (1818) bulletThe Theatre Company I Work With  
  bulletA Class I Attended, Conducted by Ellen Reiss bulletTerrain Gallery / Aesthetic Realism Foundation  
  bullet"Jobs, Discontent, and Beauty" bullet Aesthetic Realism vs. Racism  
  bulletEllen Reiss on poems of Robert Burns and Eli Siegel, & the prose of J.K. Rowling  
Anti-Racism Resources:

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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