Heather Reid, professor of philosophy, recently presented a paper to the Society of Ancient Greek Philosophy at Fordham Lincoln Center in New York.
Heather Reid, professor of philosophy at Morningside College, recently presented a paper to the Society of Ancient Greek Philosophy at Fordham Lincoln Center in New York.
Her paper, “Plato’s Gymnastic Dialogues,” argues that several of Plato’s dialogues are not only set in gymnasia and palaestrae – wrestling schools – they actually imitate the techniques of wrestling in philosophical form. She said this reflects the reality that philosophers mostly taught in gymnasia, which always housed intellectuals as well as athletes through late antiquity.
Reid is a specialist in ancient philosophy and the philosophy of sport. She recently completed the National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. She has published six books related to sports philosophy and the Olympics. A member of the Morningside faculty since 1996, she received her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.