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University of Oklahoma Philosophy Professor Selected to Deliver Prestigious Gifford Lectures in Scotland



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NORMAN – University of Oklahoma philosophy Professor Linda Zagzebski has been invited as 2015 speaker for the prestigious and historic Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Established in the late 19th century by Lord Gifford, a senator of the College of Justice in Scotland, the first lectures were delivered in 1888 and since then the series has garnered an international reputation for excellence.

Gifford lecturers at St. Andrews have included some of the finest thinkers of their times. The purpose of the lectures is to encourage public discussion of philosophy, theology, ethics, science, culture and the connections among the fields. Zagzebski will give five lectures on exemplarist virtue theory, an original moral theory she developed. 

“This incredible honor bestowed upon Professor Zagzebski establishes her status as a global leader in the field of philosophy,” said OU President David L. Boren.

There have been more than 50 series of Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of St. Andrews. The Gifford Lectures’ appointment is one of the most prestigious honors in Scottish academia. The series of lectures are presented over an academic year and given with the intent that the edited content be published in book form. 

Zagzebski has previously delivered eight Wilde Lectures in Natural Religion at Oxford, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her project, “Epistemic Authority: A Theory of Trust, Authority, and Autonomy in Belief.” Earlier, she was selected by the national Phi Beta Kappa Society senate as the recipient of the 2005-2006 Romanell Professorship in Philosophy.

She serves as George Lynn Cross Research Professor and Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics in the Department of Philosophy in the OU College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information about the Gifford Lectures, visit or contact Linda Zagzebeski at

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