College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Gifford Lectures

The prestigious Gifford Lectures have been delivered annually since 1888 by distinguished international scholars.


Gifford lectures
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2023/2024: Dr Cornel West - 'A Jazz-soaked Philosophy for our Catastrophic Times: From Socrates to Coltrane'

Digitally generated busts of John Coltrane and Socrates in front of Greek pillars
The University of Edinburgh were delighted to host Dr Cornel West as this year's Gifford Lectures speaker.

Upcoming Gifford Lectures

The Gifford Lectureships Committee is pleased to give advance notice of the following lectures


Playfair Library
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Books in the library
Details of previous Gifford lectures, including lecture abstracts, speaker biographies and recordings, can be found here in our archive section.


Old Telephone
Pending appointment of new Gifford Lectures Secretary

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Many of you will have an interest in future lectures and speakers. We have set up a dedicated mailing list so you can be the first to hear about upcoming lecture tickets before they are offered to  the wider public.


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