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University of Houston: On Honor and Politics in Homer’s Iliad – The Conflict between Agamemnon and Achilles
November 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
On November 4, 2022, the University of Houston’s Phronēsis: Honors Minor and Program in Politics & Ethics will host Andrew Gross to give a talk on Homer’s Iliad.
Friday, November 4, 2022 • 1:00 PM CDT
Honors Commons • University of Houston
Andrew Gross earned his Ph.D. in Political Theory from the University of Toronto, where he has also taught as instructional faculty. His dissertation “Defining Politics: On History and Political Thought in Homer’s Iliad” argued that Homer’s historical account of the Trojan War provides a fundamental delineation of the boundaries (above, below, and beyond us) that define human beings as political animals. He is currently working on a book manuscript, entitled, On Homer’s Political Thought and its Legacy, in which he compares the lliad with a work from each of three subsequent genres of classical political thought: tragedy, comedy, and philosophy.
Phronêsis is an Honors program in politics and ethics that aims to cultivate practical intelligence. Students in this program develop their capacities to engage difficult moral and political issues confronting our world today.
Building on the Honors College’s signature course, The Human Situation, the curriculum of Phronêsis introduces students to major works in ethics, political theory and classical literature. In their courses, students discuss fundamental questions and problems of political and moral concern from a wide range of perspectives. Students who choose the Phronêsis minor become active in a program with a strong community fostered by interdisciplinary faculty in political science, philosophy, and classical studies.
Phronêsis expands the career options of all the students in the program, who go on to pursue graduate study, congressional positions, human rights work, the study of constitutional and international law and much more.
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