The link below will bring you to an essay by Eli Siegel that I love. It describes, in deep, clear, lively and logical sentences how Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy Mr. Siegel founded, sees the human self, with all its confusion. This work, titled Aesthetic Realism; or, Is a Person an Aesthetic Situation?, is a transcript of an interview given to Lewis Nichols of the New York Times Book Review
in 1969, and it has continued to affect people all these years, having them feel understood. It illustrates this central principle of Aesthetic Realism: "Every person is always trying to put opposites together in himself"--or herself! Here's the link--enjoy!
Aesthetic Realism; or, Is a Person an Aesthetic Situation?