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1. Aesthetic Realism Itself

Aesthetic Realism: A Tripartite Study  / December 21, 1977

Eli Siegel's explanation of Aesthetic Realism as a study in three parts: 1. Liking the World; 2. The Opposites; and 3. The Meaning of Contempt.

"The Opposites Theory" by Eli Siegel/ Serialized in 15 issues

2. Literature, Drama, and Poetry

The Human Self: Confusion & Grandeur / December 12, 2007

The Great Barbarity—& What Can Oppose It / August 9, 2006

Always: Love of Reality / November 3, 2004

Mind and Sherlock Holmes / October 6, 2004

Art versus Ill Nature / June 30, 2004

Justice and Punctuation / June 16, 2004

Poetry, Self, and Love / January 14, 2004

Woman Always and Now / June 26, 2002

The Purpose a Woman Wants / July 10, 2002

Nature, Romanticism, & Harry Potter / June 21, 2000

The Sanity of Poetry; or, H.D. / June 24, 1998

Against Coldness in Ourselves / November 11, 1981

America Has Literature / September 6, 1978

What is Art For? / No. 226—July 27, 1977

Good Sense for the World / June 22, 1977

All the Arts by Eli Siegel / April 20, 1977

Knowing Oneself / January 26, 1977

The Two Pleasures / May 5, 1976

The Shakespearean Awareness / March 24, 1976

 

3. Racism: The Cause and Solution

Difference & Sameness: The Human Question / November 16, 2005

Education: the "Having-to-Do-With-Other-Things" / September 8 , 2004

Are We Proud of How We Are For & Against / May 5, 2004

Racism Can End / June 25, 1997 (Reprinted 2004)

Learning Can Succeed—and Racism Can End! / September 4, 2002

The Human Self: Yours and Everyone's / January 9, 2002

The Aesthetics of Equality / January 20, 1999

The Right of Every Child / December 17, 1997

 

4. Education: The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method

"Educational Method Is Poetic" by Eli Siegel / Serialized in 10 issues

Education, America, & Lois Mason / September 19, 2007

History: Close to Us / No. 1636—March 23, 2005

Education: The “Having-to-Do-With Other Things” / September 8, 2004

The Biggest News about Education / March 24, 2004

Learning Can Succeed—and Racism Can End! / September 4, 2002

Education: For Respect or Contempt? / May 8, 2002

Every Child’s True Intelligence / March 6, 2002

Attention: An Aesthetic Matter / December 2, 1998

The Only Thing Big Enough / August 26, 1998

Aesthetic Realism Is Education / June 20, 1973

5. National and International Ethics

The Self, Shelley, & What People Deserve / July 27, 2005

What Interferes with Justice / December 17, 2003

The Need to See Your Real Feeling / February 20, 2002

What Is Loyalty to America? / January 16, 2002

The Urgent Beauty of Our Constitution / November 28, 2001

When We Feel Hurt; or, Arabs and Jews / November 1, 2000

What Caused the Wars / May 26, 1976

6. Love, Sex, and Marriage

Instinct & the Understanding of Ourselves  / Number 1836, November 21, 2012

Justice to Life & Beauty / Number 1835, November 7, 2012

Instinct & What People Deserve / Number 1834, October 24, 2012

Instinct, Logic, & Love / Number 1833, October 10, 2012

Is Reality a Good Time? / Number 1832, September 26, 2012

The Family, Philosophy, & Kindness / Number 1828, August 1, 2012

Land, Water, Philosophy, & the Family / Number 1827, July 18, 2012

The Drama of Self & World, Justice & Contempt / Number 1824, June 6, 2012

Philosophy, Contempt, & Love / Number 1822, May 9, 2012

The Fight in Everyone & the Answer of Art / Number 1767, March 31, 2010

Every Person Stands for the World / Number 1725, August 20, 2008

People, Literature, & Evolution / Number 1723, July 23, 2008

The Need to Know a Person / Number 1714, March 19, 2008

The Opposites, Love, & Florence Nightingale / Number 1713, March 5, 2008

The Comprehension Men & Women Desire / Number 1712, February 20, 2008

The Beautiful Understanding of Bitterness / Number 1711, February 6, 2008

Woman: Assertion & Yielding / Number 1710, January 23, 2008

The Understanding of Women & Men / Number 1709, January 9, 2008

The Human Self: Confusion & Grandeur / Number 1707, December 12, 2007

The Beauty of Art & the Pain about Love / Number 1687, March 7, 2007

Everyone's Question: How Can I Like Myself? / Number 1684, January 24, 2007

Can Sex & Integrity Go Together? / Number 1682, December 27, 2006

Freedom—& Words, Nations, Love / September 20, 2006

Ethics, Emotion, & Sports / Number 1647, August 24, 2005

Always: Love of Reality / November 3, 2004

What Representation Means / Number 1601, December 10, 2003

Eli Siegel Day in Baltimore / August 28, 2002

The Purpose a Woman Wants / July 10, 2002

Love, Economics, and Ordinary Contempt / Number 1521, May 29, 2002

How Can We Be Civilized? / Number 1512, March 27, 2002

What Do They Think of Themselves? / Number 1508 , February 27, 2002

Spontaneity, Poetry, & Sex / Number 1482, August 29, 2001

There Is Logic in Love! / Number 1469, May 30, 2001

The Desire for Criticism / Number 1447, December 27, 2000

Sex, Poetry, & Self-Respect / Number 1446, December 20, 2000

What We Meet, Are, & Wear / Number 1437, October 18, 2000

Reality’s Ethical Energy—and You / Number 1432, September 13, 2000

Energy, and an American Election / Number 1428, August 16, 2000

Energy, Poetry, & Mistakes about Love / Number 1427, August 9, 2000

There Is an Ethical Unconscious / Niumber 1421, June 28, 2000

Sex, Nature, & the Decisive Criterion / June 7, 2000

The Biggest Matter in Your Life / Number 1410, April 12, 2000

Words, Sex, and Kindness Number 1399 / January 26, 2000

The Education of the Coming Century / December 29, 1999

The Known & Unknown—in People & Poetry / Number 1383, October 6, 1999

The Drama of Excitement and Love / Number 1381, September 22, 1999

Excitement, Byron, & the Trouble about Sex / September 15, 1999

True Excitement vs. Competition / Number 1379, September 8, 1999

Art versus Weariness / Number 1376, August 18, 1999

The Tumult about Strength / Number 1354, March 17, 1999

Integrity and Sureness / Number 1349, February 10, 1999

Fitness, Chaucer, and Ethics / Number 1347, January 27, 1999

Attention: An Aesthetic Matter / Number 1339, December 2, 1998

The Thirst for Criticism / Number 1307, April 22, 1998

Poetry, Domesticity, Love / Number 1305, April 8, 1998

Practicality, Poetry—and Justice! / Number 1304, April 1, 1998

Why Don’t People Like Themselves? / Number 1285, November 19, 1997

What Opposes Love? / February 11, 1976

7. Aesthetic Realism and Mind

Needing What's Not Oneself / Number 1839, January 3, 2013

What Is Mind For: Knowing or Acquisition? / Number 1838, December 19, 2012

Instinct, Ethics, & an Election / Number 1837, December 5, 2012

Is Reality a Good Time? / Number 1832, September 26, 2012         

The Battle about Knowing Ourselves / Number 1830, August 30, 2012

Philosophy—& Our Opinion of Ourselves / Number 1829, August 15, 2012

The Family, Philosophy, & Kindness / Number 1828, August 1, 2012

Land, Water, Philosophy, & the Family / Number 1827, July 18, 2012

Jobs, Feelings, & Philosophy / Number 1826, July 4, 2012

People’s Lives, the Profit System, & Philosophy / Number 1825, June 20, 2012

The Drama of Self & World, Justice & Contempt / Number 1824, June 6, 2012

Philosophy Is in Things, Happenings—& You / Number 1823, May 23, 2012

Philosophy, Contempt, & Love / Number 1822, May 9, 2012

The Opposites Are Philosophy—& Your Particular Life / Number 1821, April 25, 2012

Philosophy, Art, & Our Turbulent Selves / Number 1804, August 31, 2011

Respect vs. Contempt—in Mind & Economics / Number 1803, August 17, 2011

What Makes Our Emotions Right or Wrong? / Number 1802, August 3, 2011

Mother Goose, the Nervous System, & Our Lives/ Number 1801, July 20, 2011

What Impels Us? / Number 1800, July 6, 2011

Poetry versus Cruelty / Number 1797, May 25, 2011

Possibilities & America / Number 1782, October 27, 2010

Happiness—& What Makes a Person Unkind / Number 1781, October 13, 2010

Anger, Love, & Our Largest Desire / Number 1780, September 29, 2010

Our Self—& What Explains It / Number 1778, September 1, 2010

Our Self, Our Danger, & Our Imagination / Number 1777, August 18, 2010

How Can We Be Ourselves? / Number 1776, August 4, 2010

Profits & Feeling in America / Number 1775, July 21, 2010

Your Self: A Philosophic Drama / Number 1774, July 7, 2010

Our Selves Are Philosophic / Number 1773, June 23, 2010

Pretense, Love, & an Oil Spill/ Number 1772, June 9, 2010

Pretense & Love / Number 1771, May 26, 2010

Kindness, Cruelty, & Competition / Number 1770, May 12, 2010

Art, People, & a Mine Disaster / Number 1769, April 28, 2010

Every Child & the World / Number 1768, April 14, 2010

The Fight in Everyone & the Answer of Art / Number 1767, March 31, 2010

Mind, Art, & a University Murder / Number 1766, March 17, 2010

Our Minds—& What Interferes with Them / Number 1765, March 3, 2010

Worry, Art, & William Wordsworth / Number 1764, February 17, 2010

Everyday Worry & an Earthquake / Number 1763, February 3, 2010

Snobbishness: What It Is & What’s Against It / Number 1762, January 20, 2010

The Two Kinds of Pleasure—& Tiger Woods / Number 1761, January 6, 2010

Jobs for Usefulness—Not Profit / Number 1760, December 23, 2009

Aesthetics; or, How Not to Be Depressed? / Number 1759, December 9, 2009

Learning: Ourselves & a World to Love / Number 1758, November 25, 2009

Love, a Person, & the World / Number 1757, November 11, 2009

Love—& What Interferes / Number 1756, October 28, 2009

Art versus Cruelty / Number 1755, October 14, 2009

Notes on Nervousness / Number 1752, September 2, 2009

Stuttering & the Human Self / Number 1751, August 19, 2009

Mind, Violence, & Movies / Number 1750, August 5, 2009

Why People Can't Sleep / Number 1749, July 15, 2009

The Logic of Happiness / Number 1748, July 8, 2009

Happiness—& What Interferes / Number 1747, June 24, 2009

Beauty versus Depression / Number 1746, June 10, 2009

Ethics, Beauty, & Feeling Bad / Number 1745, May 27, 2009

The Largest Power Is Kindness / Number 1744, May 13, 2009

Children, Parents, & the World / Number 1743, April 29, 2009

How Do We Interfere with Ourselves? / Number 1741, April 1, 2009

Envy & Our Biggest Desire / Number 1740, March 18, 2009

Knowing Ourselves—& America / Number 1739, March 4, 2009

What We're After; or, Art vs. Freud / Number 1738, February 18, 2009

Motives, Body, & the World / Number 1737, February 4, 2009

Care for Self—& an Unlimited World / Number 1736, January 21, 2009

True about the Self of Everyone / Number 1735, January 7, 2009

The Most Important Study for Our Time / No. 1638—April 20, 2005

Our Inner Self and World Events / No. 1637—April 6, 2005

The Personal and National Hope / No. 1635—March 9, 2005

The Ethical Unconscious of Everyone / No. 1634—February 23, 2005

The Divided Self / February 9, 2005

Should We—Can We—Criticize Our Feelings? / No. 1632—January 26, 2005

The Two Desires / No. 1631—January 12, 2005

There Are Self, Reality, and Freud / No. 1630—December 29, 2004

Everyday Life, Aesthetics, & Psychiatric Terms / No. 1629—December 15, 2004

Mind and What Hurts It / No. 1628—December 1, 2004

The Trouble about Communication / No. 1627—November 17, 2004

Mind and Charles Lamb / October 20, 2004

Mind and Sherlock Holmes / October 6, 2004

Respect or Contempt for Truth? / September 22, 2004

There Are Mind, Revenge, & Good Will / No. 1621—August 25, 2004

How Much Should We Feel? / No. 1620—August 11, 2004

The Ethics of Mind / No. 1619—July 28, 2004

What Interferes with Mind? / No. 1618—July 14, 2004

Toward “Respect for What Is Real”! / No. 1615.—June 2, 2004

Are We Proud of How We're For & Against? / No. 1613.—May 5, 2004

Good Sense for the World / June 22, 1977

Knowing Oneself / January 26, 1977

 


The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known online:

*Current Issues: The most recent issues in which Aesthetic Realism explains the news, happenings in people's lives, events in history, and some of the most moving works in literature.

*National Ethics: What honest criteria can we use to be good critics of ethics on the national and international levels? Aesthetic Realism looks at ethics as to loyalty, international affairs, & more.


*Literature / Poetry: Discussing many great works of poetry and prose. Criticism, wrote Eli Siegel compactly, is showing "a good thing as good, a bad thing as bad, and a middling thing as middling."

*Love: How Aesthetic Realism describes the purpose of love—"to like the world honestly through another person." Discussion of what interferes with having real love—today and in history.


*Racism—the Cause & Solution: The Aesthetic Realism understanding of contempt as the cause of racism, and the place of aesthetics in respecting, pleasurably, people different from oneself.

*The Economy: Why our economic system has failed to meet the needs of the American people, and the Aesthetic Realism understanding of good will as the basis for successful and fair economics


*Education: The success of the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method in having students learn to read and write—learn science, social studies, art, every subject—and be kinder, less angry, less prejudiced.

*Eli Siegel Day in Baltimore: Talks given on August 16, 2002, Eli Siegel's Centenary, placing Mr. Siegel and Aesthetic Realism, his work, in terms of world culture and history.


*Art: "Aesthetic Realism sees the purpose of art as, from the beginning, the liking of the world more..."

*Archives: The rich education provided by Aesthetic Realism in issues of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known which are online.


Aesthetic Realism Foundation online

The most comprehensive source of information about Aesthetic Realism is the website of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation—and the sites connected to it, including this one. You can start, for instance, at the Foundation's home page. Then, go on to biographical information about Eli Siegel, who founded Aesthetic Realism in 1941. You will see how the education he began teaching in those years continues now in Aesthetic Realism consultations and in public dramatic presentations and seminars at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation—as well as in the Foundation's Outreach Programs for seniors, young people, libraries, teachers. Meanwhile in the schools of New York, the dramatically effective Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method has enabled students to learn, to love learning, and to pass standardized examinations for three decades. And artists since 1955 have exhibited at the Terrain Gallery for which many have written commentaries (including on their own works), based on the philosophic principles of Aesthetic Realism. You can read about Ellen Reiss, the Class Chairman of Aesthetic Realism online, as well as about every person on the faculty of the Foundation. As editor of TRO her commentaries are in every issue (see, e.g., "Nature, Romanticism, & Harry Potter"; "Clothing and Emotion"; and "Jobs, Discontent, and Beauty"). In the Aesthetic Realism Online Library, you'll find the largest single repository of reviews, articles in the press, lectures, poetry; and The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known. In 2002, Eli Siegel' s centenary, the Governor of Maryland and the Mayor of Baltimore, the city where he grew up, wrote on the meaning to America of Aesthetic Realism and its founder. So did the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, in the U.S. Congressional Record.

Selected Resources online

People in America's diverse professions—the humanities, the arts, education, the social sciences, medicine, labor—have written on the value of Aesthetic Realism. They describe the way Aesthetic Realism teaches people how to understand themselves more accurately; how the ability to be just to other people is enhanced; how one's professional attainments are augmented. Language arts teacher Leila Rosen, for example, writes on the Aesthetic Realism teaching method. Anthropologist Arnold Perey writes on the way Aesthetic Realism opposes prejudice and improves international understanding. And there are many others. Historically, new knowledge has often been met unjustly. This was true about the new, innovative thought of Louis Pasteur and John Keats, Beethoven and William Lloyd Garrison, Jonas Salk and Isaac Newton. And it has been true about Aesthetic Realism. Documenting and opposing this, the website "Friends of Aesthetic Realism — Countering the Lies," written by more than 60 individuals, refutes the falsehoods of the few persons who have attacked Aesthetic Realism and lets the facts speak for themselves. People who want to express their opinion of Aesthetic Realism, and have the knowledge to back it up, have created blogs and websites and have written numerous articles. See, for example, composer and educator Edward Green; essayist Lynette Abel; photographer Len Bernstein; teachers Ann Richards, Christopher Balchin, and Alan Shapiro. Others are listed in "What People Are Saying." The education of Aesthetic Realism enables a person to understand oneself more exactly than has been possible before, and to like the world honestly, authentically.


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