Aug. 28, 2013
Heather Reid, professor and chair of philosophy at Morningside College, recently presented two papers to the World Congress of Philosophy in Athens, Greece.
Reid’s first paper, titled “Kalokagathia: Ethics, Athletics, Aesthetics,” explored the physical beauty of ancient Greek athletic art and its symbolic connection with the inner beauty that derives from virtue. The second, “The Ethics of Efficiency, ” argued against the use of performance-enhancing technologies in athletic competition.
The World Congress of Philosophy is organized every five years by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies. The congress aims to inquire into the world’s philosophical traditions, to reflect on the tasks and functions of philosophy in the contemporary world, and to emphasize the importance of philosophical reflection for public discourse on global issues affecting humanity. This year’s congress, themed “Philosophy as Inquiry and Way of Life,” was meant to invite discussion of the nature, roles, and responsibilities of philosophy and philosophers today.
A member of the Morningside College faculty since 1996, Reid has received international recognition for her expertise on the philosophical foundations of the Olympic Games, and has served as president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport. She is author of three books – “The Philosophical Athlete,” “Athletics and Philosophy in the Ancient World: Contests of Virtue” and “Introduction to the Philosophy of Sport.”