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Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Yale University in 1984. Butler served as founding director of the Critical Theory Program at UC Berkeley, served as department chair of the Department of Rhetoric in 1998–2003 and 2006–7, and the acting chair of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, 2002–3.

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 13:30 to Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 15:30
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 13:00 to Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 13:00

The question of 'natural theology' interlocks with the related questions of whether we can conceive of God acting in the world at all, as well as why, if God is God, evil persists in the world. Can specific events in history, like those reported in the Gospels, afford the necessary point from which to ask and answer such questions?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 -
13:30 to 14:30
Meadows Lecture Theatre, William Robertson Wing (Doorway 4), Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG

Professor Elaine Howard Ecklund will present this year’s Gifford Lecture, on Tuesday 29 May 2018, 5.30-6.30pm, at the Meadows Lecture Theatre, William Robertson Wing (Doorway 4), Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG. Professor Ecklund is the Herbert S Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Rice University. Ecklund’s research uses social scientific methods to explore the public relationship between science and religion.

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 00:30 to Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 01:30
Playfair Library Hall, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh

Professor Dr Agustin Fuentes will present this academic year’s Gifford Lecture Series, on the following dates: February 26 and 27, and March 1, 5, 6, and 8, 2018, 5:30–6:30pm

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 13:15 to Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 14:15

“Though The Darkness Hide Thee”: Seeking the Face of the Invisible God 

The 2017 Gifford Lecture series will take place in Parliament Hall and will all start at 5.15pm.

Lecture 1: Monday 27 March 2017 – Lecture at 5.15 until 6.15, followed by a reception.
Lecture 2: Tuesday 28 March
Lecture 3: Wednesday 29 March
Lecture 4: Monday 3 April
Lecture 5: Tuesday 4 April
Lecture 6: Wednesday 5 April

The University of Edinburgh has announced that Professor Jeffrey Stout will be delivering the 2016–17 Gifford Lectures on May 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, and 11.

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.

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.

  1. Tuesday 13 October: Interreligious Theology: Whither and Why?
  2. Wednesday 14 October: The Prophet and the Son.
  3. Thursday 15 October: The Son and the Buddha. (NB: changed from Monday 19th!)
  4. Tuesday 20 October: The Buddha and the Prophet.
  5. Wednesday 21 October: Towards a Fractal Theory of Religious Diversity.

Each night:

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