June 21, 2011
Heather L. Reid, professor and chair of philosophy at Morningside College, recently presented her paper “Athletics and Aesthetics” at the third annual geo-aesthetics conference that was sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Environment, Space and Place at Towson State University in Maryland.
The paper surveyed the similarities between sport and art and the ethical connection between beauty and goodness as embodied in the ancient Greek gymnastic ideal of kalokagathia. Reid’s research into kalokagathia was inspired by Morningside’s connection to “kala kagatha,” which means “the beautiful and the good” and appears on the official Morningside College seal.
Reid joined the Morningside faculty in 1996. She has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has received international recognition for her expertise on the philosophical foundations of the Olympic Games, and she has served as president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport. She also is the author of “The Philosophical Athlete” and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on ancient Greek philosophy, sport philosophy and Olympic studies. She has two books coming out this summer: "Aretism - An Ancient Sports Philosophy for the Modern Sports World," which she co-wrote with Mark Holowchak, and "Athletics and Philosophy in the Ancient World: Contests of Virtue."