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John Milton

Professor John Milton

Photograph of Professor John MiltonProfessor of the History of Philosophy

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King's College London
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Professor J. R. Milton was educated at St John’s College Cambridge, where he read natural sciences and philosophy, and Balliol College Oxford, where he engaged in research on medieval philosophy. He joined King’s in 1989.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Late medieval and early modern science and philosophy

 Professor Milton's research interests centre around the history of philosophy and its interconnections with the natural sciences in the late medieval and early modern periods, 1300-1750, with a particular interest in the life and writings of John Locke, on whose unpublished papers he has been working for many years, and on which he has published widely. He recently completed work on a critical edition of John Locke’s early writings on toleration for the Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke (An Essay concerning Toleration and Other Writings on Law and Politics, 1667–1683, 2006, paperback, 2010) and he is currently working on another volume in the Clarendon Edition (Literary and Historical Writings), and a book on Locke’s theory of toleration.

Professor Milton welcomes enquiries from prospective students seeking supervision in areas connected to his research interests.

For more details, please see his full research profile.

Selected publications
  • John Locke, An Essay Concerning Toleration and Other Writings on Law and Politics, 1667–1683 (The Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke), (with Philip Milton - eds.) Oxford: Clarendon Press,
    2006, pp. ix + 458. Revised paperback edition, 2010
  • Locke’s Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy (International Library of Critical Essays in the History of Philosophy – ed.)
    Aldershot: Ashgate,1999, pp. xxi + 533
  • ‘Benjamin Martyn, the Shaftesbury Family, and the Reputation of the first Earl of Shaftsbury’, Historical Journal, 51 (2008), pp. 315–36.
  • ‘Pierre Coste, John Locke, and the Third Earl of Shaftesbury’, in Sarah Hutton and Paul Schuurman (eds.), Studies on Locke: Sources, Contemporaries and Legacy, International Archives of the History of Ideas, 197, Dordrecht: Springer 2008, pp. 195–223.
For a complete list of publications, please see John's full research profile.

Professor Milton currently teaches on the following courses

Undergraduate modules:

  • 5AANA003 Modern Philosophy II: Locke & Berkeley

Postgraduate modules:

  • 7AAN2050 Methodology of the History of Philosophy
Expertise and public engagement


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