Aesthetic Realism
A New Perspective for Anthropology & Sociology

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Taught by Arnold Perey
6:00 PM alternate Wednesdays

Aesthetic Realism Foundation • Autumn 2006

Aesthetic Realism Lesson in Anthropology Taught by Eli Siegel

This semester we study an Aesthetic Realism lesson
in which Eli Siegel explored questions central to anthropology. We study it in light of this great organizing principle: “The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites.” Is this the concept which brings organization to the diversified field of anthropology? In this semester we say why the answer is yes.

January 24    Thanking the Corn Maiden ― and Others

February 7   Does Marriage Include More Than a Couple?

 Looking at Westermarck’s History of Human Marriage  

February 21   The Terrible Transformations of Respect ― India / Africa / USA

March 7   Thievery, Plagiarism & Contrariness in the Tribe

Beginning with Indians and getting to those of us who aren’t.

March 21   Separation from Reality and People: Why?

“The King of Abyssinia always dines alone.”  ― Ernest Crawley, The Mystic Rose

April 4    The Organizing Principle Is in Aesthetics

Papers and discussions by students in the Aesthetic Realism and Anthropology Class

 April 21   Saturday at 11AM   What Principle Is in Native American Art?

We join The Visual Arts and the Opposites class, taught by Marcia Rackow, at the National Museum of the American Indian: One Bowling Green, New York City at 11 AM.


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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