March 23, 2012
Heather L. Reid, professor and chair of philosophy at Morningside College, recently gave an invited lecture at the Royal Institute of Philosophy in London.
In her lecture, “Olympic Sacrifice,” Reid talked about how the Olympic Games originated in religious sacrifice. Based on this heritage, she argued that the modern Olympic Games should dedicate themselves to humanitarian rather than commercial goals.
The Royal Institute of Philosophy is a charity dedicated to the advancement of philosophy in all its branches through the organization and promotion of teaching, discussion and research of all things philosophical.
Reid joined the Morningside faculty in 1996. 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 has written three books and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on ancient Greek philosophy, sport philosophy and Olympic studies. She has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.