Appreciation of the Scottish contribution to philosophy and theology is particularly marked in North America, especially among those in Reformed traditions, on account of the influence of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Scottish thinkers.

The Scottish view of the importance of intellectual reflection on fundamental questions concerning the nature of humanity and its place within the cosmos is represented also by the lecture series established by the bequest of Adam Lord Gifford. Scotland’s Gift: Philosophy, Theology, and the Gifford Lectures by John Haldane explores the impact of the Scottish tradition and reviews the course of the Gifford Lectures, then reflects on their future.