John W. Yolton

John W. Yolton (1921–2005) was an American historian of philosophy.

John W. Yolton
BornOctober 31, 1921
DiedNovember 3, 2005
EducationUniversity of Cincinnati
University of California, Berkeley
Balliol College, Oxford
OccupationHistorian of philosophy
EmployerRutgers University
Spouse(s)Jean Yolton

He taught at Rutgers University from 1978 to 1992, and was a dean from 1978 to 1985. He authored or edited 15 books, several of which were about John Locke.

Early lifeEdit

Yolton was born in 1921 in Birmingham, Alabama.[1][2] He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati, a master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a DPhil from Balliol College, Oxford.[1][2]


Yolton taught at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Baltimore, Princeton University, Kenyon College, the University of Maryland, and York University.[2] He was a professor in the Philosophy department at Rutgers University from 1978 to 1992, and a dean from 1978 to 1985.[2]

Yolton was the author or editor of 15 books, several of which were about John Locke.[3]

Personal life and deathEdit

Yolton had a wife, Jean.[3] He died on November 3, 2005 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.[2]

Selected worksEdit

  • Yolton, John W. (1956). Locke and The Way of Ideas. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press. OCLC 459188873.
  • Yolton, John W. (1994). Philosophy, Religion, and Science in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press. ISBN 9781878822413. OCLC 638801866.
  • Yolton, John W. (2004). The Two Intellectual Worlds of John Locke: Man, Person, and Spirits in the Essay. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801442902. OCLC 912339324.


  1. ^ a b Overberg, Paul (April 5, 1978). "Yolton is named Rutgers College dean". The Courier-News. Bridgewater, New Jersey. p. 11. Retrieved February 16, 2019 – via
  2. ^ a b c d e Buickerood, James G.; Wright, John P. (May 2006). "John William Yolton, 1921-2005". Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association. 79 (5): 139–142. JSTOR 27645176.
  3. ^ a b Rogers, G. A. J. (April 2006). "In Memoriam: John W. Yolton 1921-2005". Journal of the History of Ideas. 67 (2): 419–421. doi:10.1353/jhi.2006.0018.