Teacher. Born– November 10, 1921, in Birmingham, Ala. Parents– Robert Eugene and Ella Maud (Holmes) Yolton. Married– Jean Mary Sebastian, September 5, 1945. Children– Two. Education– University of Cincinnati, B.A., 1945 M.A. 1946; University of California, Berkeley; Balliol College, Oxford University, Ph.D., 1952. Taught at Johns Hopkins; Princeton; Kenyon; University of Maryland; York University, Canada. Awarded Fulbright fellowship, Oxford; Leonard Nelson Foundation Prize. Member– American Philosophical Association, Canadian Philosophical Association, Mind Association, American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies.


Contemporary Authors, Vol. 37R.


John Locke & Education. New York; Random House, 1971.

John Locke and the Way of Ideas. London; Oxford University Press, 1956.

Locke and French Materialism. New York; Oxford University Press, 1991.

Locke, an Introduction. New York; B. Blackwell, 1985.

Locke and the Compass of Human Understanding; a Selective Commentary on the Essay. Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 1970.

Metaphysical Analysis. Toronto; University of Toronto Press, 1967.

Perceptual Acquaintance from Descartes to Reid. Minneapolis; University of Minnesota Press, 1984.

The Philosophy of John Locke. Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Empire State College, 1973.

The Philosophy of Science of A. S. Eddington. The Hague; M. Nijhoff, 1960.

Thinking and Perceiving; a Studying Philosophy of Mind. Lasalle, Ill.; Open Court Pub. Co., 1962.

Thinking Matter; Materialism in Eighteenth Century Britain. Minneapolis; University of Minnesota Press, 1983.

Joint Publication(s):

John Locke, a Reference Guide. Boston; G.K. Hall, 1985.

Joint Editor:

Some Thoughts Concerning Education. New York; Oxford University Press, 1989.


As Essay Concerning Human Understanding. London; Dent, 1961.

John Locke; Problems and Perspective, Collection of New Essays. London; Cambridge University Press, 1969.

Theory of Knowledge. New York; Macmillan, 1965.


The Locke Reader; Selections from the Works of John Locke. Cambridge University Press, 1977.

Editor and Contributor

Philosophy, Religion and Science in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Rochester, N.Y.; University of Rochester Press, 1990.