News & Announcements

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 13:30 to Friday, October 9, 2015 - 13:30
Parliament Hall

Exemplarist virtue theory is a comprehensive ethical theory in which all central terms in moral discourse (“virtue,” “good life,” “wrong act,” etc) are defined by direct reference to exemplars of goodness, picked out through the emotion of admiration. The theory maps the moral domain for theoretical purposes, but it also has the practical aim of helping to make people moral by structuring the theory around a motivating emotion– admiration. The structure is filled in by narratives and empirical studies that give content to moral terms by revealing the traits, aims, acts, and design of life of exemplars– persons like that. The theory’s semantics includes the principle of the Division of Moral Linguistic Labor, which explains the distinct social functions of value terms and deontic terms, and reveals the linguistic conditions for reaching moral agreement.

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 22:00 to Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 22:00
Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre

Perry Schmidt-Leukel – Interreligious Theology: The Future Shape of Theology

There are five lectures in the series, spread over five nights.

Silence: A Christian History

The product of his 2006 Gifford Lectures, Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Silence takes a cross-section of Christian history, examining the theme of “silence” as a moral and spiritual act. Silence here stands in a dialectical relationship with “speech”, and acquires a wide range of different meanings and applications.

Silence: A Christian History
Monday, May 19, 2014 -
13:30 to 14:30
St Cecilia’s Hall, Niddry Street, Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1NQ

Justice Catherine O’Regan will deliver her Gifford Lecture, "'What is Caesar’s'? Adjudicating faith in modern constitutional democracies".

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 13:30 to Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 15:30
Graham Kerr Lecture Theatre, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ

The 2014 Gifford Lecture Series at the University of Glasgow is entitled Givenness and Revelation. It will be delivered in May by Jean-Luc Marion.

Monday, December 3, 2012 - 12:15 to Friday, December 7, 2012 - 13:15
School III of St Salvator’s Quad, North Street, St Andrews

Dr. Denis Alexander (University of Cambridge) will present The Gifford Lecture Series at St. Andrews beginning December 3, 2012. The lecture series will be delivered in School III of St Salvator’s Quad, North Street, St Andrews. Each lecture will begin at 5.15pm, and following the first there will be a reception in Lower College Hall. Lectures are free and open to the public as well as to staff and students of the University.

Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 10:30 to Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 15:00
University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ

The University of Glasgow is pleased to announce that registration for the 2012 Gifford Lecture Series is now open.

Lecture Dates

Art , metaphor and synesthesia (afternoon workshop) 
Sunday 27th May, 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Sir Charles Wilson, Lecture Theatre

Illusions , delusions and the brain
Monday 28th May 6pm (doors open 5:30pm)
Bute Hall, Main Building

Molecules , neurons and morality
Wednesday 30th May 6pm (doors open 5:30pm)
Bute Hall, Main Building

Gifford Lectures now has a YouTube Channel! Visit to watch videos of recorded lectures.

In Divine Personality and Human Life, volume 2 of Webb’s Gifford Lectures, the author examines ideas of personality and persons and their relation to broadly theistic conceptions of God. The volume explores the notion of personality in ‘man’ in light of the conclusions drawn in the first volume, and how the ‘divine personality’ figures in spheres of human activity such as the economic, scientific, aesthetic, moral, political and religious lives.

Divine Personality and Human Life: Being the Gifford Lectures in the Years 1918 and 1919

St Andrews now has a Gifford Lectures page, which presently has a detailed description of Roger Scruton’s upcoming Lecture series.