Aesthetic Realism Consultant Nancy Huntting

Nancy Huntting
Nancy Huntting



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Selected Contents:

Intelligence in Love

Mistakes in Love

The Parthenon & Love

Generosity & Selfishness

Knowing Oneself

For & Against





Liking People

Pride & Prejudice


Our Hopes

On Cezanne

On Bruegel

And more. . .

Nancy Huntting on Rosalie c. 1963

Welcome to my website, where I'm glad to bring to people what I've learned from Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded in 1941 by the great American poet and critic Eli Siegel. I'm proud to have seen that Aesthetic Realism is true: it explains the human mind and the world we are in with new respect and scientific exactness. It enables individual men and women to be fully what they hope to be!

I grew up near Cincinnati, majored in Literature at Denison University and moved to New York City, where I worked for Newsweek magazine and later had an antique store. It was then that I first attended an Aesthetic Realism public seminar. I was electrified by the honesty and scholarship of the speakers and what they were saying about art and life.

What Aesthetic Realism Is

I began to study these principles, stated by Eli Siegel, which are the basis of the philosophy Aesthetic Realism:

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.

I recommend the book Self and World: An Explanation of Aesthetic Realism and many other works by Eli Siegel in the Online Library. And there's the international journal The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known edited by Ellen Reiss. I quote from the commentary to "The Fight about Knowledge in Schools & Everywhere":

"The young people of our land are being asked to learn, to welcome knowledge. Yet they feel, whether they can state it clearly or not, that the adults who seem to tell them and others what to do, the adults who seem to be running things, do not like trying to know, to see, to understand . . . . How we see knowledge is not something that starts when we go to kindergarten and ends with our getting a diploma or doctorate. An attitude to knowledge takes in the way we meet anything. It’s about, for example, how deeply we want to understand another person."   Ellen Reiss,TRO #1962, September 20, 2017

Listed to the left are some of the talks I've presented
at public seminars and in the Terrain Gallery series "Art Answers the Questions of Your Life!" For instance, I spoke with my colleagues at a seminar on "How Can Selfishness & Generosity Make Sense in a Woman's Life?" using the classic novel Manon Lescaut.

The education I'm receiving is what women are yearning for!

The Importance of Words

I feature another great lecture by Eli Siegel, Poetry and Words. Mr. Siegel says in it: "A person who doesn’t respect words cannot respect reality"and he explains why this is so. As we think, speak, and hear words everyday, and are affected more than we know by thempeople in 2018 urgently need to know what's said in this definitive and thrilling lecture:

Poetry and Words

By Eli Siegel

We can never get over the great wonder of the fact that words exist at all: that in a person’s mind there can be sometimes thousands, at least hundreds, of words, all of which can come forth with an emotion appropriate, if not with correct emotion.

Words themselves are successful poetry. I mean by that: It is a wonderful fact that we have a word, thump, which has been used today perhaps a couple of hundred thousand times in the United States and the far-flung dominions of the once flourishing British Empire. And today the word bump may have been used a couple of hundred thousand times—“You trying to bump into me?!” and so on—and that word, it seems, suits hundreds of thousands of people. And there is a certain relation we feel between b‑u‑m‑p and the thing which is a bump. And the word gossamer, which may have been used a couple of hundred times and is quite different, also seems to suit. And then we have words like silk and steak and concept and trivial and mama and murmur and whisper and giddy and dizzy and tizzy and hither and whither, and all sorts of words like daughter and son and baby, and they each seem to stand for something. Each one of these words I’ve just mentioned is in your mind.

They are poetry. Every word had to fight its way from the infinite not-word, because most sounds are not words, and when they come to exist in a language there is already the making one of thing and form of thing. That is, when we have a word like flash and it remains, it means a successful junction has occurred between what a thing is and something which can be taken to be that thing. It is a mighty important matter.

Words and Reality

Poetry, of course, has to deal with words. And in the same way that poetry wants to show how good the world can be while seeing it as it is and, as I have said, even changing it for the purpose of showing what it is, there also is the using of words in the best way. There is such a thing as a lover of words. If you love reality, it is impossible not to love words, because words are the witnesses to the fact that reality exists. Every time you use a word, you not only say that something exists, but you see it definitely. A word by itself is a pretty successful expression. Then, through placing words together, things can happen. These things are mighty important. A person who doesn’t respect words cannot respect reality, because words are the signs of the fact that reality has come to be seen, to be apprehended, in order to exist in a mind. When words are doing their utmost, there is poetry. . . more 

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