March 3, 2006
Dr. Heather Reid, associate professor and chair of philosophy at Morningside College, is the author of three scholarly papers that will be presented or published in the upcoming months.
Reid’s paper “Is the Roman Gladiator an Athlete?” will be published in the spring 2006 issue of the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, the official journal of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS). The paper addressed the question of gladiator combat in light of the contemporary philosophy of Roman stoicism and was a result of research she conducted in January 2005 while serving as visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome.
The project was supported by Morningside’s Ver Steeg Faculty Development Grant which was established in 2003 by Dr. Clarence L. and Dorothy A. Ver Steeg of Evanston, Ill., for the purpose of encouraging scholarship and research by Morningside professors. The Ver Steegs graduated from Morningside in 1943.
Reid will present her paper “The Socratic Agon: Turning Philonikia to Philosophia in Plato’s Early Dialogues” at the Sixth Annual Independent Conference of the Ancient Philosophy Society to be held April 20-22, at DePaul University in Chicago, Ill. The paper focuses on the relationship between Socratic and scientific methods.
Reid’s manuscript “Athletic Competition as Socratic Philosophy” will be published in the summer 2006 issue of Gymnica, an independent professional journal published by Palacký University in the Czech Republic. The journal presents research and theoretical studies connected with the problems of kinanthropology, which is the study of human movement.
Reid is currently president of the IAPS. She has received international recognition for her expertise on the philosophical foundations of the Olympic Games and is currently writing a book about philosophy and athletics in the ancient world. She is the author of “The Philosophical Athlete,” published in 2002 by Carolina Academic Press, Durham, N.C.
Reid began teaching at Morningside in 1996. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English language and literature from the University of Virginia.
She was the recipient of Morningside’s 2004 Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award, which recognizes teaching excellence, effective advising, scholarship, and service to the college.