Nov. 1, 2005
Dr. Heather Reid, associate professor and chair of philosophy at Morningside College, was elected president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS) during its 33rd Annual Meeting held in September at Palacky University in the Czech Republic.
In addition, Reid presented the paper “Is the Roman Gladiator an Athlete?” at the meeting. The paper addressed the question of gladiator combat in light of the contemporary philosophy of Roman stoicism and was the result of research she conducted in January 2005 while on sabbatical from Morningside and serving as visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome (AAR). (at left, Reid in Rome.) The AAR is one of the leading overseas centers for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities.
In July, Reid presented the paper “The Socratic Agon: Turning Philonikia toward Philosophia in Plato’s Dialogues” at the XVIth Annual Symposium of the Olympic Center for Philosophy and Culture held in Pyrgos, Elia, and Olympia, Greece. The paper focused on the relationship between Socratic and scientific methods.
Reid also served as a supervising professor for the 13th International Postgraduate Seminar on Olympic Studies held in May and June at the International Olympic Academy (IOA) in Athens, Greece. She taught six lectures on the relationship between ancient sport and ancient ideas about religion, excellence, ethics, education, and women. The IOA functions as an international academic and cultural center for Olympic studies, education, and research.
Reid has been at Morningside since the fall of 1996. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in 1986 and her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1994 and 1996, respectively. She is a frequent presenter on the history of philosophy and the philosophy of sport and is the author of “The Philosophical Athlete,” published in 2002 by Carolina Academic Press.