Expert on Philosophy of Olympic Games to Lecture

Heather Reid
Heather Reid

Heather Reid, an expert on the philosophical foundations of the Olympic Games, will present a lecture titled “Athletics and Philosophy in Ancient Greece: The Ethics of Excellence,” on Monday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center. Her lecture is sponsored by the philosophy department and is free and open to the public.

Reid, a professor of philosophy at Morningside College, holds a doctorate and master’s degree 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 was elected president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS) in 2005.

Reid has presented at such conferences as the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport in Cheltenham, United Kingdom, and The International Conference on Greek Philosophy in Athens, Greece. She was also a recipient of Morningside’s 2005 Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award, which is presented for teaching excellence, effective advising, scholarship and service to the college during the previous academic year.

The author of The Philosophical Athlete (2002), Reid is currently writing a book about philosophy and athletics in the ancient world. Most recently, she has had two book chapters and two journal articles published, including “Athletics as Medicine for the Soul” in the journal Skepsis XIII-XIV and “Socrates at the Ballpark” in the book Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter’s Box (2004). She has served on the editorial board of review for the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport since 1998.

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