Aesthetic Realism
A New Perspective for Anthropology & Sociology

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A Selected Archive

bulletThe Aesthetic Method Says, "Anthropology Is Like Art!" •  Summer 2012

bullet"Conflict"  •  Spring-Summer 2011

bulletThe Aesthetic Basis of Anthropology • Autumn 2010

bullet"Today’s Economy and 'Justice 5,000 Years Ago' -- & more" • Summer 2009

bullet"The Scientific Concept of Contempt" and more ... • Spring 2008

bulletAnthropology Is about You & Everyone • Autumn 2007

bulletSameness and Difference: Those Crucial Opposites • Summer 2007

bulletStudy of Aesthetic Realism Lesson in Anthropology by Eli Siegel • Winter 2007

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.

bullet"Anthropology As Elemental and Kind" Autumn 2006

bullet"The Marriage of Anthropology and Sociology" Summer 2006

bullet"Scientific Method and the Opposites" Spring 2006

bullet"The Aesthetic Structure of Society" Fall 2005

bullet for Aesthetic Realism: A New Perspective for Anthropology"Anthropology and the Everyday" Summer 2005

bullet"The Feelings of People Are Real!" Spring 2005

bullet "What Isn't Anthropology About?" Fall 2004 

bullet  "Coldness and Warmth in Anthropology" Summer 2004

bullet  "Anthropology for the 21st Century" Summer 2002

bulletSee Courses at Aesthetic Realism Foundation

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 Robert Burns, Eli Siegel, & J.K. Rowling  


Anti-Racism Resources:

Collected articles by writers whom I esteem, printed in newspapers across the country, are online. Writing by Ellen Reiss, and others, is in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known. It includes her "Difference and Sameness: The Human Question" and "Racism Can End." And see the page titled " How Aesthetic Realism Opposes Racism." Articles include "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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