April 23, 2009
One recently published book and two anthologies include material written by Heather L. Reid, professor and chair of philosophy at Morningside College.
Reid co-authored with C.C. Evangeliou, professor of philosophy at Towson University, Towson, Md., both a paper and a chapter of an anthology.
The paper they worked on together, “East to Olympia: Re-entering Olympic Philosophy between East and West,” was presented at a conference in Beijing, China, and then added to the anthology, “Pathways: Critiques and Discourses in Olympic Research.” It argues that modern Olympic philosophy has Europe as the focal point and that there is a need for balancing it with the perspectives of Asian philosophy.
Their chapter, “Ancient Hellenic Ideals and the Modern Olympic Games,” was published by the Beijing Sport University in the anthology “The Olympic Studies Reader.” This chapter discusses the relevance of ancient Greek ideals and how they apply to the modern Olympic movement, especially in relation to globalization and multiculturalism.
Reid also wrote the chapter “Heroes of the Coliseum” that was published in the book “Football and Philosophy.” Her chapter compares ancient Roman gladiators to athletes in American college football and the use of the arena for proving social worth.
Reid joined the Morningside faculty in 1996. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has received international recognition for her expertise on the philosophical foundations of the Olympic Games. She has served as president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport. Reid is also author of “The Philosophical Athlete” and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on ancient Greek philosophy, sport philosophy and Olympic studies.