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 "Music Is about Your Life":

"People are longing for criticism, the real thing. Every person, of course, has a seemingly insatiable desire for praise: to be told we’re wonderful, in excelsis, just as we are. Yet we know, even as we’re not clear about it, that there are things we dislike in ourselves, that are bad, that hold us back. We’re aching to hear from another where we need to be better, so that we can be better and meet our own hopes....The criticism people hunger for is criticism that has simultaneously good will and knowledge. That was Eli Siegel’s criticism always and mightily. And it exists in the education of Aesthetic Realism."

Ellen Reiss, Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education, TRO #1937

Listed to the left are some of the talks I've presented at public seminars, and a
rt talks in the Terrain Gallery series "Art Answers the Questions of Your Life!"

And there's more on my
Site Map. 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!

Here, for instance, as Ellen Reiss says in her introduction, is a lecture on love by Eli Siegel that's needed mightily in 2017it's kind, often humorous,  unmistakably true about men and women: 

Aesthetic Realism and Love

By Eli Siegel, with introduction by Ellen Reiss

The following introduction to this important lecture is from commentaries by Ellen Reiss in the issues of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known in which it was published.

The lecture Aesthetic Realism and Love was given by Eli Siegel in December 1948; and men and women need it mightily now. For Aesthetic Realism explains love—explains love in all its vastness and subtlety. Nothing else does.

In his book Self and World, Eli Siegel writes: “The purpose of love is to feel closely one with things as a whole” (p. 171). He taught that to love a person is to use that person to like the world itself: to be fair to people, books, objects, facts. I am inexpressibly thankful to have learned this and to have learned from Eli Siegel that the interference with love is our desire to have contempt.

Women and men who thought they would love each other forever are suffering now. They are glaring across tables, hurling sarcastic remarks, weeping. They will not learn the reason from therapists or self-help books or talk shows. The reason is in Aesthetic Realism and this great lecture: Two people have used “loving” each other to make less of the outside world. Yet the largest need of each of their lives is to like that very world. And so each feels deeply lessened by the other, and ashamed.

Eli Siegel was the strongest, clearest, most passionate critic of men’s desire to lessen women—to own us and rob us of mind. He was also the person who did women the profound honor of seeing how much we are longing to hear criticism of our own contempt. The current trend to blame all of women’s pain on men is not only inexact and hurtful, but it betrays the best in woman and everyone: our ethical need, organic as our flesh, to see justly persons and a world different from ourselves....Read more

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Aesthetic Realism Online Library  
|   The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known (periodical)

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