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Gifford lectures 2015

The historic Gifford Lecture series returns to St Andrews this year with five lectures on the subject of Exemplarism.  The lectures will be given by leading American philosopher Professor Linda Zagzebski, who has pioneered new theories in virtue and admiration.

Professor Zagzebski follows in the footsteps of pre-eminent thinkers that have delivered Gifford lectures at Scottish universities, including Noam Chomsky, Iris Murdoch and Rowan Williams.

She will deliver five lectures (Thursday 1 October, Friday 2 October, Tuesday 6 October, Thursday 8 October and Friday 9 October) on ‘Exemplarist Virtue Theory’, a type of moral theory she invented.  The free, public lectures, which take place at 5.30pm in Parliament Hall, will examine how we define our own moral behaviour by imitating the acts of those we admire. For more information on each session visit the schedule of lectures.

Over fifty Gifford lectures have been delivered in St Andrews since the series was established in 1888. The last Gifford lecture in St Andrews was given by Roger Scruton in 2010.  Read more about Professor Zagzebski’s lectures in the press release.

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