- Paperback: 427 pages
- Publisher: Definition Pr (September 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 091049228X
- ISBN-13: 978-0910492287
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,299,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Self and World: An Explanation of Aesthetic Realism Paperback – September, 1981
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As an anthropologist who has studied many cultures, the explanation given in this book of the many ways an individual can see the world falsely or accurately, egoistically or with respect, illuminates--as no other explanation has done--the inner lives of men and women from southern Africa to the Arctic, from New York City to Beijing, Sydney, Bagdhad.
You see, in Self and World, for example, such sentences as: "The basic conflict in the human mind--present, I believe, in all particular conflicts--is that between a person warmly existing to his fingertips, and that person as related to indefinite outsideness....In every person there is a drive towards the caring for and pleasing of self; in every person there is a drive towards other things, a desire to meet and know these. Often this drive towards self as an exclusive thing collides painfully with the drive to widen the self" (p. 93). Here is the beginning point for the particular conflicts we all have, in every culture. It is the conflict present in the particular conflicts documented by Ruth Benedict in her always-important Patterns of Culture; by David Friend Aberle in his analysis of a Hopi life history (the life of Don Talayesva, titled Sun Chief); by Margaret Mead in her large anthology, Cooperation and Competition; and many more worldwide. Eli Siegel, in Self and World, explains the cause of these conflicts.Read more ›
This is one example of the comprehension that fills this book, that has one say to oneself, over and over, yes, now I understand. Every chapter of Mr. Siegel's prose delights and educates in so many fields, including love, the family, the understanding of dreams, children and what they're hoping for from themselves and their parents, anger, and so much more.
Eli Siegel explains the human self, what has interfered with -- ruined -- lives over the years; and he has enabled things that have tormented people--the hitherto intractable, incomprehensible things--to change, bringing sunlight where there was darkness. As he does, he brings together subjects that have been seen as essentially unrelated, such as individual psychology and economics, mental health and beauty, and shows how aesthetics relates and explains them all--that this is one coherent world, and that it is the other half of ourselves. As well as explaining in detail some of the biggest things such as insanity, happiness, what will make for truly successful economics, the meaning of beauty for our lives, guilt, how a child comes to have an attitude to the world and what interferes, love, dreams, and more--he also explains in a few paragraphs, sometimes less, such things as bed-wetting, the heredity-environment debate, trauma, and so much more, All this in words that are beautiful, with the most clear, accessible logic, kindness, passionate good will, and with tremendous humour.Read more ›
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What a pleasure it was to read "Self and World" by Eli Siegel! This book shows that the most important factor in every life is one’s attitude towards the world as a whole,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon customer
The understanding in this book is so illuminating --how we see the relation of ourselves and the world; what we can learn from art about life; what love is; how to be happier,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ada R. Thomas
Any parent interested in understanding their child--any person interested in knowing how he came to see the world from an early age--needs to read the chapter “The Child" from... Read morePublished 17 months ago by J.R Towers
In his major text "Self and World," Eli Siegel states:
“The large difference between Aesthetic Realism and other ways of seeing an individual is that Aesthetic Realism... Read more
Siegel believes that we would be larger and better people if we could cultivate a liking for our worlds and as much in them as possible. With this, I heartily agree. Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by Hollis G. Wright.
Published by his followers shortly after the author's suicide, Self and World has no grounding in science and none in psychology. Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by HalWLanse
I am not an English native speaker. When I try to read this book, I feel that the English the author uses seems to be quite different from the natural English that other well known... Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Darbak
I love this book and recommend it to everyone! In Self and World Eli Siegel looks at the turbulence of every person about-for example-guilt, love, parents, children, money and... Read morePublished on October 18, 2005 by Maureen Butler