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John M. Robson 1927–1995: A Tribute

  • J. H. Burns (a1)


By the death, last summer, of Jack Robson, the world of utilitarian studies and a wider world of scholarship on both sides of the Atlantic (and indeed of the Pacific too) lost one of their most distinguished figures. It would not be appropriate here, even if it were possible now, to attempt a full and measured assessment of his work. Writing only a few months after the news of his death, while the sense of loss is still so sharp for all his many friends, two things are possible. Something can and should be said to acknowledge and celebrate Robson's achievement as a scholar; and to this can be added some personal recollections of one whose human qualities were as outstanding as his scholarship.



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1 O'Grady, Jean, ‘“Congenial Vocation”: J. M. Robson and the Mill Project’, in Laine, M. ed., A Cultivated Mind: Essays on J. S. Mill Presented to John M. Robson, Toronto, 1991, pp. 318.

2 Work towards an edition of Mill's early correspondence had been begun during the Second World War by F. A. Hayek and continued by F. E. Mineka at Cornell University.

3 Kinzer, Bruce L., Robson, Ann P., and Robson, John M., A Moralist in and out of Parliament: John Stuart Mill at Westminster, 1865–1868, Toronto, 1992.

4 O'Grady, p. 17.

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