News & Announcements

University of Aberdeen

Robert N. McCauley, the William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor of Philosophy at Emory College of Arts and Sciences, has been invited to be a Gifford Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in 2020-2021. More Information will be posted as it becomes available.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 18:15 to Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 18:15
Sir Charles Winston Lecture Theatre, 1 University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

From the University of Glasgow:


23rd Lecture 1: The evolution of language: from speech to culture

"Judith Butler: When Killing Women Isn't a Crime"

Read philospher and author George Yancy's New York Times interview with 2018 Gifford Lecturer Judith Butler, in which she discusses her new book based on her 2018 Gifford Lectures, here.



Yancy: In what ways does your new book on nonviolence speak to questions regarding the vulnerability of women?

From the publisher:

Towards a form of aggressive non-violence–following on from Butler’s Precarious Life and Frames of War.

Situating non-violence at the cross-roads of the ethical and political, The Force of Non-Violence brings into focus the ethical binds that emerge within the force field of violence. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 17:15

From the University of St Andrews website:

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 05:30
Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre, 32 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH

From the University of Edinburgh:

Professor Mary Beard’s Gifford Lectures

The Ancient World and us: from fear and loathing to enlightenment and ethics

Event Details

Dates 6, 7, 9, 27, 28, 30 May, 5.30-6.30pm.


NEW LOCATION: the Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre, 32 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH

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Series Summary

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 (All day)

From the University of St Andrews:

Gifford Lectures 2019

The Hard God: Ontotheology as an Antidote for Idolatry

Lecturer: Mark Johnston, The Henry Putnam University Professor, Princeton University.

Author of Saving God: Religion after Idolatry (2009, 2nd Ed. 2015); Surviving Death (2010, 2nd Ed. 2013); Human Beings (2019) and The Obscure Object of Hallucination (2019).


Monday, May 6, 2019 - 05:30
The Sypert Concert Room, St Cecilia’s Hall, 50 Niddry Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG

From the University of Edinburgh:

Event Details:

Dates: 6, 7, 9, 27, 28, 30 May, 5:30-6:30pm.

The lectures may be followed by questions. Latest finishing time is 7pm.

Venue: The Sypert Concert Room, St Cecilia’s Hall, 50 Niddry Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG

Tickets are free of charge and will be available here from 1 April 2019.

The University of Edinburgh has announced that David N. Hempton will deliver a series of six Gifford Lectures in the 2020–21 academic year. Dates to be confirmed.

Professor Hempton is dean of the Faculty of Divinity, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies, and John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School.

Professor David N. Hempton's page on the Harvard Divinity School website.

In This World of Wonders

1995 St Andrews Gifford Lecturer Nicholas Wolterstorff recounts the details leading up to and accompanying his lectures in a soon to be published memoir (pp. 58, 260–64). 

From the publisher's website:

World-renowned Christian philosopher. Beloved professor. Author of the classic Lament for a Son. Nicholas Wolterstorff is all of these and more. His memoir, In This World of Wonders, opens a remarkable new window into the life and thought of this remarkable man.