Linked bibliography for the SEP article "John Locke" by William Uzgalis

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Primary Sources

Locke’s Works

Oxford University Press is in the process of producing a new edition of all of Locke’s works. This will supersede The Works of John Locke of which the 1823 edition is probably the most standard. The new Clarendon editions began with Peter Nidditch’s edition of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding in 1975. The Oxford Clarendon editions contain much of the material of the Lovelace collection, purchased and donated to Oxford by Paul Mellon. This treasure trove of Locke’s works and letters, which includes early drafts of the Essay and much other material, comes down from Peter King, Locke’s nephew, who inherited Locke’s papers. Access to these papers has given scholars in the twentieth century a much better view of Locke’s philosophical development and provided a window into the details of his activities which is truly remarkable. Hence the new edition of Locke’s works will very likely be definitive.

The Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke, Oxford: Clarendon Press:
  • [N] An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Peter H. Nidditch (ed.), 1975. doi:10.1093/actrade/
  • Some Thoughts Concerning Education, John W. Yolton and Jean S. Yolton (eds.), 1989. doi:10.1093/actrade/
  • Drafts for the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, and Other Philosophical Writings: In Three Volumes, Vol. 1: Drafts A and B, Peter H. Nidditch and G. A. J. Rogers (eds.), 1990. doi:10.1093/actrade/
  • The Reasonableness of Christianity: As Delivered in the Scriptures, John C. Higgins-Biddle (ed.), 2000. doi:10.1093/actrade/
  • An Essay Concerning Toleration: And Other Writings on Law and Politics, 1667–1683, J. R. Milton and Philip Milton (eds.), 2006. doi:10.1093/actrade/
  • Vindications of the Reasonableness of Christianity, Victor Nuovo (ed.), 2012. doi:10.1093/actrade/
  • A Paraphrase and Notes on the Epistles of St Paul to the Galatians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Romans, Ephesians, 2 volumes, Arthur W. Wainwright (ed.)
    • volume 1, 1987. doi:10.1093/actrade/
    • volume 2, 1987. doi:10.1093/actrade/
  • Locke on Money, 2 volumes, Patrick Hyde Kelly (ed.)
    • Volume 1, 1991. doi:10.1093/actrade/
    • Volume 2, 1991,. doi:10.1093/actrade/
  • The Correspondence of John Locke, eight volumes, E.S. de Beer (ed.)
    • Vol. 1: Introduction; Letters Nos. 1–461, 2010. doi:10.1093/actrade/
    • Vol. 2: Letters Nos. 462–848, 1976. doi:10.1093/actrade/
    • Vol. 3: Letters Nos. 849–1241, 1978. doi:10.1093/actrade/
    • Vol. 4: Letters Nos. 1242–1701, 1978. doi:10.1093/actrade/
    • Vol. 5: Letters Nos. 1702–2198, 1979. doi:10.1093/actrade/
    • Vol. 6: Letters Nos. 2199–2664, 1980. doi:10.1093/actrade/
    • Vol. 7: Letters Nos. 2665–3286, 1981. doi:10.1093/actrade/
    • Vol. 8: Letters Nos. 3287–3648, 1989. doi:10.1093/actrade/

In addition to the Oxford Press edition, there are a few editions of some of Locke’s works which are worth noting.

  • An Early Draft of Locke’s Essay, Together with Excerpts from his Journal, Richard I. Aaron and Jocelyn Gibb (eds.), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1936. (Scholar)
  • John Locke, Two Tracts of Government, Phillip Abrams (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1967.
  • Locke’s The Two Treatises of Civil Government, Richard Ashcraft (ed.), London: Routledge, 1987. (Scholar)
  • [Axtell 1968], The Educational Writings of John Locke: A Critical Edition, James L. Axtell (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • [Gay 1964], John Locke on Education, Peter Gay (ed.), New York: Bureau of Publications, Columbia Teachers College, 1964. (Scholar)
  • Epistola de Tolerantia: A Letter on Toleration, Latin text edited with a preface by Raymond Klibansky; English translation with an introduction and notes by J. W. Gough, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1968.
  • [G&T 1996] “Some Thoughts Concerning Education” and “The Conduct of the Understanding”, Ruth W. Grant and Nathan Tarcov (eds), Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co., 1996. (Scholar)
  • [Laslett 1960] Locke’s Two Treatises of Government, Peter Laslett (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1960. (Scholar)
  • [Woozley 1964], An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, abridged, A.D. Woozley (ed.), London: Fontana Library, 1964. (Scholar)

Other Primary Sources

Secondary Sources


  • King, Lord Peter, 1991, The Life of John Locke: with extracts from his correspondence, journals, and common-place books, Bristol: Thoemmes. (Scholar)
  • Fox Bourne, H.R., 1876, Life of John Locke, 2 volumes, New York: Harper & Brothers. Reprinted Scientia Aalen, 1969. (Scholar)
  • Cranston, Maurice, 1957, John Locke, A Biography, reprinted Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985. (Scholar)
  • Woolhouse, Roger, 2007, Locke: A Biography, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)

Books and Articles



  • Locke Studies (formerly The Locke Newsletter), edited by Timothy Stanton, Heslington: University of York.

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