David McLellan (political scientist)

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David McLellan in Tartu, Estonia, in 2007

David McLellan (born 1940) is a British 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.

He has 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
  • Karl Marx: His Life and Thought, 1973 (also published under the title Karl Marx: A Biography)
  • Marx, Fontana Modern Masters, 1975
  • Karl Marx: Selected Writings, 1977 ISBN 0-19-878265-9
  • Engels, Fontana Modern Masters, 1977
  • Marx before Marxism, 1980 ISBN 0-333-27882-8
  • 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

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