In the following series, we look at renowned #PhilosophyLectures that bring together a variety of interdisciplinary intellectual disciplines. Our first eminent lecture in this series is the Gifford Lectures series — considered the foremost lecture series in integrating diverse religious, scientific and philosophical perspectives. An appointment as a Gifford Lecturer is considered in Scottish academia as “one of the most prestigious honors”. For well over a hundred years, the distinguished lecture series has celebrated the world’s most renowned living thinkers in exploring the full scope of natural religion. We will be covering, here at Integrating Horizons, a review of select past Gifford Lectures and all future forthcoming ones.
The Gifford Lectures are bequeathed by the 1885 will of Scottish jurist Adam Lord Gifford to fully explore the topic of religion without any consideration of denomination or religious belief. The will provides £80,000 to four Scottish universities (Universities of Edinburgh, Universities of Aberdeen, Universities of Glasgow, and Universities of St. Andrews) to select, organize and hold the annual Gifford Lectures.
The following is an exclusive select list of renowned Gifford Lecturers:
William James, Gifford Lecturer in 1900-1901-1902
Hannah Arendt, Gifford Lecturer in 1973
John Dewey, Gifford Lecturer in 1928-29
Owen Chadwick, Gifford Lecturer in 1973-74
Paul Ricoeur, Gifford Lecturer in 1985-85
Alasdair MacIntyre, Gifford Lecturer in 1987-88
Charles Taylor, Gifford Lecturer in 1998-99, 2008-2009
Michael Ignatieff, Gifford Lecturer in 2002-2003
Bruno Latour, Gifford Lecturer in 2013