Gifford Lectures 2008

Please join us for the Gifford Lectures 2008, presented by Professor Alexander Nehamas of Princeton University.

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Professor Nehamas will present a series of six lectures entitled “Because it was he, because it was I: Friendship and its place in life.”

Alexander Nehamas is Edmund N Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University.

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The Gifford Lectures

For over a hundred years the Gifford Lectures have enabled a notable field of scholars to contribute to the advancement of philosophical and theological thought.


Full details of the Gifford Lectures are available on the the College of Humanities and Social Science website.

Gifford Lectures

The Gifford Lectures were established under the will of Adam Lord Gifford, a Senator of the College of Justice, who died in 1887.

Past Gifford Lecture speakers at the University include Albert Schweitzer, Niels Bohr, Arnold Toynbee, Sir John Eccles, Iris Murdoch, Charles Taylor, Michael Ignatieff and Noam Chomsky.

Event details

All lectures will be held in the Playfair Library Hall, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9YL.

Friendship in Art, Literature and Philosophy: A Poor Subject

Monday 10 March 2008, 5.30pm

Monday 10 March 2008, 6.30pm

The Aristotelian Background: Ancient Philia and Modern Friendship

Tuesday 11 March 2008, 5.30pm

Tuesday 11 March 2008, 6.30pm

‘Because It Was He, Because It Was I’: Loving our Friends ‘For Themselves’

Thursday 13 March 2008, 5.30pm

Thursday 13 March 2008, 6.30pm

Friendship in Drama, Film and Television: The Significance of the Unimportant

Monday 17 March 2008, 5.30pm

Monday 17 March 2008, 6.30pm

Friendship, Politics and Morality: A Clash of Values

Tuesday 18 March 2008, 5.30pm

Tuesday 18 March 2008, 6.30pm

The Good of Friendship: Freedom, Autonomy and ‘the Self’

Thursday 20 March 2008, 5.30pm

Thursday 20 March 2008, 6.30pm

Contact details

For more information on this event, including any accessibility enquiries, please contact Patricia McClory.

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