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James Seth Memorial Lectures

James Seth was appointed Chair of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh in 1898, a position he held for the next 25 years. Although a moral philosopher, Seth believed that the academic moralist should be above all a good citizen, and was passionate about civic betterment and social responsibility. In that spirit, he set up the School of Social Study and Training, one of the earliest institutions in the UK to train social workers with the knowledge and skill they would need to deal with what was then known as ‘social ill-health’.

After his death in 1924, his brother and sister set up a memorial fund in his name, and when the school joined the university in 1928, it was decided to use the fund to support a public lecture by a distinguished speaker. Since then, a host of well-known names have been proud to give the Seth lecture, including John Rex, Eric Sainsbury, Roy Griffiths and Lord Cullen of Whitekirk.

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