College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Details of the 2011-2012 series of Gifford Lectures.

You can read the speakers' biographies, abstracts of their lectures, and watch videos of the events.

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood's Gifford lecture 'David Hume and Civil Society' will focus on the positive lessons for today's society we might draw from Hume's philosophy, despite his reputation for negative conclusions on morality, religion and knowledge

Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch

Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch's Gifford Lecture Series was entitled 'Silence in Christian History: The Witness of Holmes' Dog'

Alan Turing Centenary: Legacy of a Code Break

The Gifford Lectureship Committee presents a joint lecture between the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics titled 'Alan Turing Centenary: Legacy of a Codebreaker' by Professor Jim Al Khalili