Locke Studies is an annual journal devoted to contemporary research on any aspect of the life and work of the great English philosopher John Locke (1632-1704). The journal is unique in being the only one in the world devoted entirely to Locke scholarship.
From 1970 to 2000 the journal was published as The Locke Newsletter, but a change of name was necessary, as the previous title was misleading to those who had not seen how the journal had changed in its size and scope. Beginning with the 2001 issue, the journal was renamed Locke Studies.
Each issue contains a number of refereed articles on topics pertaining to Locke, provided by a wide circle of scholars. Many important articles have appeared in the journal over the years, and it continues to attract high quality submissions. In addition, each issue contains review articles and book reviews, and the ‘Recent Publications’ section keeps track of the constant stream—increasingly a torrent—of publications on Locke. Readers can browse the list of contents of previous issues using the Search function on the Previous Issues page.
The journal was founded and edited for 43 years by Roland Hall (pictured). Roland Hall was born in Hounslow and educated at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham from 1942-9. After eighteen months of national service in the Army he took up the top annual entrance scholarship at Keble College, Oxford (which he was awarded in 1948), to read the composite degree in Classical Languages and Literature, Ancient History, and Ancient and Modern Philosophy, known as Greats. He got a First in 1954, followed by a BPhil (supervised by J. L. Austin and, briefly, Gilbert Ryle) in 1956. Subsequently he held university posts in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews (mostly at Queen’s College, Dundee) before moving to the University of York in 1967, where he was Reader in Philosophy until his retirement in 1994. Since then he has continued to be active in teaching and research. Hall has published in a wide range of philosophical areas but is best known for his comprehensive bibliographical work on Locke (with R. S. Woolhouse) and Hume.
Since 2013 Locke Studies has been edited by Timothy Stanton.