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  1. J. H. Burns (2009). John MacVicar and the Economy of Nature. Intellectual History Review 19 (3):319-335.
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  2. J. H. Burns (2009). Scottish Kantians: An Exploration. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 7 (2):115-131.
    From the late 1790s to the early 1890s, Scottish scholars contributed, as translators, commentators, or critics to the ‘reception’ of Kant's philosophy in Britain. The discussion here considers particularly the work of Richardson, Semple, Gillies, MacVicar, Ferrier, Meiklejohn, and Hastie, and attempts to assess the character, quality, and value of their contributions to Kantian scholarship. An important question throughout is whether – and if so, how far and why – the work of Scottish Kantians can be meaningfully discussed apart from (...)
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  3. J. H. Burns (2008). Regimen Medium: Executive Power in Early-Modern Political Thought. History of Political Thought 29 (2):213.
    The notion of a distinct 'executive power' was famously employed by Locke and Montesquieu; but the term potestas executiva, coined by medieval canonists, had been adopted by the early sixteenth-century theologian Cajetan, who located it as regimen medium in his defence of papal power against a revived 'conciliarist' challenge. The distinction between legislative sovereignty and a power effectively executive (though not always so designated) was used in post- Reformation political controversy and in Bodin's République. From those beginnings it was developed (...)
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  4. J. H. Burns (2005). Happiness and Utility: Jeremy Bentham's Equation. Utilitas 17 (1):46-61.
    Doubts about the origin of Bentham's formula, ‘the greatest happiness of the greatest number’, were resolved by Robert Shackleton thirty years ago. Uncertainty has persisted on at least two points. (1) Why did the phrase largely disappear from Bentham's writing for three or four decades after its appearance in 1776? (2) Is it correct to argue (with David Lyons in 1973) that Bentham's principle is to be differentially interpreted as having sometimes a ‘parochial’ and sometimes a ‘universalist’ bearing? These issues (...)
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  5. J. H. Burns (2002). Edward Eyre andEuropean Civilization. History of European Ideas 28 (4):281-293.
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  6. J. H. Burns (1999). Bibliography of the Writings of JH Burns 1950-1998. History of Political Thought 20:7-20.
     
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  7. J. H. Burns (1996). John M. Robson 1927–1995: A Tribute. Utilitas 8 (01):1-.
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  8. J. H. Burns (1993). Nature and Natural Authority in Bentham. Utilitas 5 (02):209-.
  9. J. H. Burns (1989). Bentham and Blackstone: A Lifetime's Dialectic. Utilitas 1 (01):22-.
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  10. J. H. Burns (1989). James Mill's Political Thought. Robert A. Fenn, New York and London, Garland Publishing, Inc. 1987, Pp. Viii +192. Utilitas 1 (01):156-.
  11. J. H. Burns (1989). Utilitarianism and Reform: Social Theory and Social Change, 1750–1800. Utilitas 1 (02):211-.
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  12. J. H. Burns (ed.) (1988). The Cambridge History of Medieval Political Thought C. 350-C. 1450. Cambridge University Press.
    This volume offers a comprehensive and authoritative account of the history of a complex and varied body of ideas over a period of more than one thousand years. A work of both synthesis and assessment, The Cambridge History of Medieval Political Thought presents the results of several decades of critical scholarship in the field, and reflects in its breadth of enquiry precisely that diversity of focus that characterized the medieval sense of the "political," preoccupied with universality at some levels, and (...)
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  13. J. H. Burns (1983). St. German, Gerson, Aquinas and Ulpian'. History of Political Thought 4:443.
     
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  14. J. H. Burns (1959). J s Mill and the Term Social Science. Journal of the History of Ideas 20 (June-September):431-432.
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  15. J. H. Burns (1959). Utilitarianism and Democracy. Philosophical Quarterly 9 (35):168-171.
  16. J. H. Burns & Alan Gewirth (1953). Marsilius of Padua, The Defender of Peace. Volume I: Marsilius of Padua and Medieval Political Philosophy. Philosophical Quarterly 3 (13):365.
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  17. J. H. Burns & A. P. D'Entreves (1952). Natural Law: An Introduction to Legal Philosophy. Philosophical Quarterly 2 (6):90.
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