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  The Clarendon Edition
   of the Works of John Locke

[Last updated 11/03/21]

About the Edition

The Editorial Board of the Clarendon Edition and its publisher, Oxford University Press, aim to place in the public domain critical editions of the complete works of Locke in approximately forty volumes. The intention is to include all texts hitherto printed that can securely be attributed to him (or in which he had a substantive role in composing), together with his correspondence, and a considerable body of material from his unpublished manuscripts.

The project was envisaged by Peter Laslett in 1954 and accepted by Oxford University Press in 1956, when Esmond de Beer embarked on an edition of Locke’s Correspondence. An editorial board was created in 1972 and a grant from Paul Mellon received in 1973. Publication was inaugurated by Peter Nidditch in 1975 with the appearance of Locke’s Essay Concerning Human Understanding. By 2021 twenty volumes had been published. Editors have been assigned to nearly all remaining volumes.

Each volume is published in hardback and most are in paperback. All volumes so far published remain available, except for the hardback edition of the Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Volumes are available online in Oxford Scholarly Editions Online, and the Correspondence is also available in the Electronic Enlightenment.

The Locke Board meets annually and there are annual workshops for current volume editors. The General Editor is J. R. Milton. The Chair of the Board is Mark Goldie. The OUP commissioning editor is Peter Momtchiloff.

Members of the Board

  • M. R. Ayers, emeritus, University of Oxford
  • John Dunn, emeritus, King’s College, Cambridge
  • Mark Goldie, emeritus, Churchill College, Cambridge
  • J. R. Milton, emeritus, King’s College, London
  • G. A. J. Rogers, emeritus, Keele University
  • Jacqueline Rose, University of St Andrews
  • M. A. Stewart, emeritus, Lancaster University
  • James Tully, emeritus, University of Victoria, Canada

Former members: E. S. de Beer, Jonquil Bevan, Peter Laslett, W. von Leyden,
P. H. Nidditch, R. H. Robbins, Robert Shackleton, John Yolton.
The first General Editor was Peter Nidditch, the second John Yolton, and the third M. A. Stewart.

Volumes published (20)

1975 An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, ed. Peter H. Nidditch
1976–89   The Correspondence of John Locke, 8 vols., ed. E. S. de Beer
1987 A Paraphrase and Notes on the Epistles of St Paul, 2 vols., ed. Arthur W. Wainright
1989 Some Thoughts Concerning Education, eds. John W. Yolton and Jean S. Yolton
1990 Drafts for the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, and Other Philosophical Writings,
vol. 1, eds. Peter H. Nidditch and G. A. J. Rogers
1991 Locke on Money, 2 vols., ed. Patrick Hyde Kelly
1999 The Reasonableness of Christianity, ed. John C. Higgins-Biddle
2006 An Essay Concerning Toleration and Other Writings on Law and Politics, 1667-1683,
eds. J. R. Milton and Philip Milton
2012 Vindications of the Reasonableness of Christianity, ed. Victor Nuovo
2019 Literary and Historical Writings, ed. J. R. Milton (in collaboration with Brandon Chua, Geoffrey Kemp, David McInnis, John Spurr, and Richard Yeo
2021 Drafts for the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, vol. 2, Draft C,
eds. J. R. Milton and G. A. J. Rogers

Volumes in preparation and in prospect (20)

Current volume editors and contributors

  • Peter Anstey, Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney
  • David Armitage, Department of History, Harvard University
  • Teresa Bejan, Department of Politics, University of Oxford
  • Patrick Connolly, Department of Philosophy, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania [not under contract]
  • Hannah Dawson, King’s College, London
  • Richard Ellis, independent scholar
  • Mark Goldie, emeritus, Faculty of History, and Churchill College, University of Cambridge
  • Peter Maxwell-Stuart, independent scholar
  • J. R. Milton, emeritus, Department of Philosophy, King’s College London
  • Victor Nuovo, emeritus, Department of Philosophy, Middlebury College
  • Nathan Pinkoski, Department of Political Science, Princeton University [not under contract]
  • Lawrence Principe, Department of History of Science, Johns Hopkins University
  • Jacqueline Rose, Department of History, St Andrew’s University
  • Paul Schuurman, Department of Philosophy, Erasmus University
  • Delphine Soulard, independent scholar [not under contract]
  • Timothy Stanton, Department of Politics, York University
  • M. A. Stewart, emeritus, Department of Philosophy, Lancaster University
  • Matthew Stuart, Department of Philosophy, Bowdoin College, Maine [not under contract]
  • Felix Waldmann, Faculty of History, and Christ’s College, University of Cambridge [not under contract]
  • Jonathan Craig Walmsley, independent scholar

Collaborators in Literary and Philosophical Writings, ed. J. R. Milton

  • Brandon Chua, Department of English, Hong Kong University
  • Geoff Kemp, Department of Politics, University of Auckland
  • David McInnis, Department of English, Melbourne University
  • John Spurr, Department of History, Swansea University
  • Richard Yeo, emeritus, Faculty of Arts, Education and Law, Griffith University, Brisbane

Associated publications

Outwith the Clarendon Edition, but with the guidance of the Board:

Contacts and Websites

For matters concerning the Edition contact
J. R. Milton (john.milton@kcl.ac.uk) or Mark Goldie (mag1010@cam.ac.uk)

Scheme of Volumes

[‘Scheme of Volumes’ to appear on flyleaves of published volumes]
[The numeration is notional and will not appear in print]
[Last updated 11/03/21]




M. R. Ayers   •   John Dunn   •   Mark Goldie   •   J. R. Milton
G. A. J. Rogers   •   Jacqueline Rose   •   M. A. Stewart   •   James Tully



Two Tracts on Government


Disputations on the Law of Nature


An Essay Concerning Toleration and Other Writings on Law and Politics, 1667–1683


The Nature of Churches


Drafts for the Essay Concerning Human Understanding and Other Philosophical Writings


Abridgements of the Essay Concerning Human Understanding and Other Philosophical Writings, 1672-1689


An Essay Concerning Human Understanding


Replies to Edward Stillilngfleet


The Conduct of the Understanding and Other Philosophical Writings, 1690–1704


Letters Concerning Toleration


Two Treatises of Government


Some Thoughts Concerning Education


On Money


The Reasonableness of Christianity


Vindication of the Reasonableness of Christianity


A Paraphrase and Notes on the Epistles of St Paul


A Discourse of Miracles and Other Writings on Religion


Colonial Writings


Writings on Natural Philosophy and Medicine


Literary and Historical Writings


Translations of Pierre Nicole’s Essais de Morale


The Journals


The Correspondence