David McLellan (political scientist)

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David McLellan
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McLellan in Tartu, Estonia, in 2007
Born (1940-02-10) February 10, 1940 (age 82)
Academic background
Alma materSt John's College, Oxford
ThesisThe Social and Political Thought of the Young Hegelians and Their Influence of the Origins of Marxism[1] (1968)
Doctoral advisorSir Isaiah Berlin
Academic work
DisciplinePolitical science
Sub-disciplinePolitical theory
InstitutionsUniversity of Kent
Main interestsMarxism

David McLellan (born 10 February 1940) is an English scholar of Karl Marx and Marxism. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School and St. John's College, Oxford University.

McLellan is currently visiting Professor of Political Theory at Goldsmiths' College, University of London. He was previously Professor of Political Theory at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent. McLellan has also been Visiting Professor at the State University of New York, Guest Fellow in Politics at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla, and has lectured widely in North America and Europe.


  • The Young Hegelians and Karl Marx, 1969.
  • Marx before Marxism, 1970.
  • The Thought of Karl Marx: An Introduction, 1971.
  • Karl Marx: His Life and Thought, 1973 (also published under the title Karl Marx: A Biography).
  • Marx, Fontana Modern Masters, 1975.
  • Marxism - an Introduction, Catholic Truth Society, 1976.
  • Karl Marx: Selected Writings, 1977 ISBN 0-19-878265-9.
  • Engels, Fontana Modern Masters, 1977.
  • Karl Marx: The Legacy, 1983.
  • Marx: The first hundred years, 1983, Frances Pinter, London, ISBN 0-86187-335-1.
  • Marxism and Religion, 1987 ISBN 0-333-44630-5.
  • Marxism, 1988 ISBN 9780198275176.
  • Simone Weil: Utopian Pessimist, 1989 ISBN 0-333-48707-9.
  • Utopian Pessimist: The Life and Thought of Simone Weil, 1990 ISBN 978-0671685218.
  • Unto Caesar, 1993 ISBN 0-268-01900-2.
  • Marxism after Marx, Harper & Row, 1980; MacMillan, 1998 ISBN 0-333-72207-8.


  1. ^ McLellan, David (1968). The Social and Political Thought of the Young Hegelians and Their Influence of the Origins of Marxism (DPhil thesis). Oxford: University of Oxford. OCLC 46348529.

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