A New Perspective for Anthropology & Sociology
You will understand anthropology & yourself at the same time

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Anthropology Is About You and Everyone

Taught by Arnold Perey, PhD
Anthropologist & Aesthetic Realism Consultant

This class demonstrates with precise and vivid evidence how people everywhere in the world, including yourself—whether you live in a NY apartment or a pandanus-roof home in Papua New Guinea—can at last be understood with the depth, kindness, and scientific accuracy that humanity so needs.

It's through the principles of Aesthetic Realism, founded by poet, critic, and educator Eli Siegel that the full reality of a person's feelings—your feelings—can be seen truly. This is the knowledge that can end racism and prejudice, as well as ill will and cruelty in homes, economies, and among nations—a statement I make carefully, definitely, and with great hope.

Here are the three great principles on which this study is based, stated by Mr. Siegel:

1. The deepest desire of every person is to like the world on an honest or accurate basis.

2. The greatest danger for a person is to have contempt for the world and what is in it. Contempt can be defined as the lessening of what is different from oneself as a means of self-increase as one sees it.

3. All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.

As I've had the privilege to learn, this unparalleled understanding of the human self—the self which is in common among and underlies all cultures—makes relevant to people living today the work done by anthropologists for generations—from Tylor, to Spencer and Gillen, to Grinnell, to Benedict, to Herskovits, to Lorna Marshall, to the latest work of scholars right now. 

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Winter/Fall 2019 Semester

6 PM on Alternate Wednesdays
At the Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City

THIS SEMESTER: "WE ARE PRIMITIVE AND SOPHISTICATED"
Winter 2019

Anthropology is both pleasing and needed for understanding ourselves and other people. The reason, Eli Siegel explained, is that the primitive is in us all: "In every person there is a simultaneous existence of the primitive and the now, or sophisticated."

1. January 23. Caring for Things vs. Self-Love

We study this historic fight within living beings, including people--ancient Hebrews and early Native Americans alike--and which continues in us.
2. February 6. Purity and Its Danger: Hilda Rawlins Meets Old Africa & More
(1) "Sometimes Hilda has a corrupt and intense drive towards the unity, the purity of herself." --Eli Siegel, Self and World, chapter 3. (2) "The King of Abyssinia always dines alone." --G. Schweinfurth, The Heart of Africa (1873)
3. February 20. How Conscious of the Different Do We Want to Be?
Civilization itself depends on how conscious of what's different from oneself people want to be. We ask why Easter Island became a wasteland.

4. March 6. Good and Evil in Economics, from Germanic Tribes to Walmart

See the great Roman Tacitus: his book Germania.

5. Saturday, March 16. [Not Wednesday Mar. 20th] Art Is Primeval & Subtle

11 AM--we meet The Visual Arts and the Opposites class at a museum to be determined.
6. April 3. An Anthropological Potpourri: Papers by Students in the Class
The instructor of the course and students in the class discuss dramatic findings in anthropology that show how true Aesthetic Realism is, for people in different cultures, and how we’re related to every one of them.

7. April 17. Tracing the Footprints of Evolution--to Ourselves

"If, after much fuss and evolution, reality took the form of people, we have to respect that happening."
  --Eli Siegel in Aesthetic Realism and People

 

 



Critical Links

bulletAesthetic Realism Foundation bulletAesthetic Realism Online Library  
  bulletEllen Reiss on "Criticizing" John Keats (1818) bulletThe Theatre Company I Work With  
  bulletEllen Reiss on Eli Siegel, Robert Burns, & J.K. Rowling bulletTerrain Gallery / Aesthetic Realism Foundation  
  bullet"Jobs, Discontent, and Beauty" bullet Aesthetic Realism vs. Racism
Friends of Aesthetic Realism—Countering the Lies

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