Intellectual History Archive

Institute of Intellectual History

James H. Burns Archive

Professor James Henderson Burns (1921-2012) was Emeritus Professor of the History of Political Thought, University College London and the first General Editor of the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. Amongst Professor Burns’ papers, which have been donated to the University of St Andrews, are many unpublished research articles, teaching materials, undergraduate essays, and the text of all six Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Aberdeen in 1994.

Aberdeen Lectures
Aberdeen Lectures
A collection of lectures delivered at the University of Aberdeen
Appreciations of James H. Burns
Appreciations of James H. Burns
Four short pieces reflecting on James H. Burns. Reproduced with kind permission of the original authors.
Non-academic lectures
Non-academic lectures
These texts were the bases of talks given to non-academic audiences as part of adult education, or similar programmes, at the Parish Centre, St Benedict's, Ealing.
Papers and Lectures on Jeremy Bentham and Utilitarianism
Papers and Lectures on Jeremy Bentham and Utilitarianism
Various papers and lectures on Bentham and Utilitarianism.
The Gifford Lectures
The Gifford Lectures
Texts of six lectures given by James H. Burns at the University of Aberdeen in 1994 under the title 'The Order of Nature: Natural Law and Civil Theology in Sixteenth-Century Scotland'. This was the third (of five) series of Gifford Lectures marking the Quincentenary of the University of Aberdeen.
US Lectures
US Lectures
A collection of lectures delivered in the US in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Undergraduate essays
Undergraduate essays
Handwritten and typescript undergraduate essays on a range of historical subjects composed whilst Burns was studying at Edinburgh and Oxford.
Unpublished essays
Unpublished essays
Texts of articles and research papers.