Autonomy and Entanglement in the “Odyssey” of Homer


The boundaries of the human condition as well as the commitments and relationships that we seek out and are subject to are explored in Homer’s Odyssey, but it is also a book that offers a poetic account of the origin of civil and political institutions. This conference explored the complementariness and tensions of individuality and interpersonal relationships in the Odyssey. Who are we alone? Why do we seek to be together? What are the costs and benefits of association?


Conference Readings

Homer. The Odyssey. Translated by Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin Books Ltd, 1996.