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Interview with David McLellan July 2018

Ray, Larry J., Wilkinson, Iain M. (2019) Interview with David McLellan July 2018. Journal of Classical Sociology, 19 (1). pp. 87-104. ISSN 1468-795X. E-ISSN 1741-2897. (doi:10.1177/1468795X18810580)

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David McLellan, interviewed here, is a Fellow of Goldsmiths College, University of London and Emeritus Professor of Political Theory, University of Kent. Since the 1970s he has been one of the leading biographers, translators and commentators on Marx in the English-speaking world. He is the author of several books on Marx and Marxism, including The Young Hegelians and Karl Marx; Karl Marx: His Life and Thought; Karl Marx: Selected Writings; Marx before Marxism; and Marxism and Religion. He has also published a biography of Simone Weil, books on the political implications of Christianity, and a lengthy article on contract law and marriage. He lectures widely around the world on these topics, frequently in China, and in 2018 addressed a conference in Nairobi on religion and world peace. In this interview, or conversation, with Larry Ray and Iain Wilkinson, in July 2018, David discusses the origins of his interest in Marx, the development Marx’s thought and his critique of the Hegelians, Marx’s critical method, Marx and religion, Marx on Russia, the role of violence in social change, the relevance of Marx’s work today, and offers comments on some recent biographies. David has spent much of his intellectual career engaging with the meaning and legacy of Marxism and these reflections should generate reflection and debate on the significance of Marx and the possibilities of radical political change today.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1468795X18810580
Uncontrolled keywords: Karl Marx, David McLellan, Marx and religion, Marx’s biography and contemporary relevance
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