The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method:
the groundbreaking teaching method for all subjects including the social sciences

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Aesthetic Realism, founded by the American philosopher Eli Siegel, explains:

1. “The purpose of education is to like the world through knowing it.”

2. The biggest impediment to learning is the desire to have contempt, to get “an addiion to self through the lessening of something else.”

3. "The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites."

SEE: "The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method Brings Out a Student’s Ability to Learn!" (Download the PDF file here.)

bullet - teaching - Eli Siegel, originator of teaching method"The Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel As a Teaching Method in Anthropology"

"I use the Aesthetic Realism method so that my students can use anthropology to like the world more, not less. There is no subject that cannot be taught from this point of view....The principles of Aesthetic Realism are true about anthropology." Published in Anthropology and Education Quarterly.  > Read more

bullet - teaching - Eli Siegel, originator of teaching method"Teaching Indian Culture in the US."

How do we combat the desire for contempt, which cripples one's ability to understand or have good will for people of another culture? Published in the India Tribune and other English language Indian journals. > Read more

bullet - teaching - Eli Siegel, originator of teaching method"What Are Children's Minds Waiting For?"

Includes discussion of the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method—and the crucial opposites of restraint and abandon in the Inuit (Eskimo) and ourselves. Published in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known  > Read more


A Sampling of Anthropology Classes: "Anthropology Is About You and Everyone" at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation

bullet"The Marriage of Anthropology and Sociology"

bullet"Scientific Method and the Opposites"

bullet"The Aesthetic Structure of Society"

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

bullet"The Feelings of People Are Real!"

bullet "What Isn't Anthropology About?"  

bullet  "Coldness and Warmth in Anthropology"

bullet  "Anthropology for the 21st Century"

bulletSee Brochure of 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 Chairman of Education, Ellen Reiss, teaches the professional classes for Aesthetic Realism associates and consultants which I attend. This study, alive and scholarly, kind and dynamic, is what I was hoping to find in four universities, all of which had their value, of course.


As I write today I am proud to say that I am a consultant on the Foundation's faculty, teaching Anthropology Is About You and Everyone and the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method workshops for educators--and am an instructor in Aesthetic Realism consultations, which teach a person the aesthetic way of seeing the world and themselves.  Links are provided below so you can find out more.

What People Are Saying Truly: Online Resources

Aesthetic Realism Foundation
Aesthetic Realism Online Library
John Singer Sargent's Madame X; Essays and News Pieces
Countering the Lies: The Central Place of Aesthetic Realism in World Culture

Further Resources


Index of Native American Resources on the Internet

Resources vs. Racism:

See the page titled " How Aesthetic Realism Opposes Racism" and the anti-prejudice articles in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known. Among those in TRO are Difference and Sameness: The Human Question" and "Racism Can End" by Ellen Reiss. 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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