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Professor Sean Sayers

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy



Sean Sayers has written extensively on Hegelian and Marxist philosophy from a Hegelian‑Marxist perspective. He has worked in the areas of social philosophy, ethics, theory of knowledge, metaphysics and logic. He has also written on Freud and psychoanalysis, and is currently working on issues in aesthetics. He studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and holds a PhD from the University of Kent. He has held visiting appointments in Massachusetts, Colorado, Sydney, Istanbul, Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan. His work has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Japanese, French, German, Turkish and Greek.

His books include Marx and Alienation: Essays on Hegelian Themes (2011), Plato's Republic: An Introduction (Edinburgh University Press, 1999), Marxism and Human Nature (Routledge, 1998, paperback 2007), Reality and Reason: Dialectic and the Theory of Knowledge (Blackwell, 1985), and Hegel, Marx and Dialectic: A Debate (with Richard Norman 1980; reprinted Gregg, 1994). He has also co‑edited Socialism, Feminism and Philosophy: A Radical Philosophy Reader (Routledge, 1991), Socialism and Democracy (Macmillan, 1991) and Socialism and Morality (Macmillan, 1990). He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and books. He was one of the founders of the journal Radical Philosophy (1972), and of the Marx and Philosophy Society (2003). He is founder and editor-in-chief of Marx and Philosophy Review of Books (2010).

Professional Activities

  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books (since 2010)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, 'Current Research in Western Marxism' book series, Renmin Publishing House, Beijing (since 2006)
  • Co-founder and Organizing Committee, Marx and Philosophy Society (since 2003)
  • Consulting Editor, Episteme (since 2002)
  • Editorial Board, 'New Critical Thinking in Philosophy' series, Ashgate (1999-2006)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Cultural Logic: An electronic journal of Marxist theory and practice (since 1997)
  • Advisory Editorial Board, Historical Materialism (since 1997)
  • Co-founder of Radical Philosophy and member of editorial board (1972-2001); Book Reviews Editor (1993-8)
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Book section
Sayers, S. (2012). Marx. In: Ethics: The Key Thinkers. London and New York: Bloomsbury, pp. 175-196.
Sayers, S. (2011). MacIntyre and Modernity. In: Virtue And Politics: Alasdair Macintyre's Revolutionary Aristotelianism. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, pp. 79-96.
Sayers, S. (2010). Religion and Politics in the Modern World. In: Interpretations Of Marxism: Chinese And Western. Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press, pp. 209-229.
Sayers, S. (2009). Labour in Modern Industrial Society. In: Karl Marx And Contemporary Philosophy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 143-158.
Sayers, S. (2007). Philosophy and Ideology: Marxism and the Role of Religion in Contemporary Politics. In: Marxism, Intellectuals And Politics. London: Palgrave-Macmillan, pp. 152-168.
Sayers, S. (2006). Alienation, Contradiction, Dialectical materialism, Engels, Historical materialism, Ideology, Lenin, Marx, Marxism. In: The Yale Dictionary Of Continental Philosophy. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, pp. 22, 107, 149-50, 170.
Sayers, S. (2006). Alienation, Contradiction, Dialectical materialism, Engels, Historical materialism, Ideology, Lenin, Marx, Marxism. In: The Edinburgh Dictionary Of Continental Philosophy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 22, 107, 149-50, 170.
Sayers, S. (2006). Freedom and the "Realm of Necessity". In: The Left-Hegelians: New Philosophical And Political Perspectives. Cambridge, UK and New York, US: Cambridge University Press, pp. 261-274.
Sayers, S. (2000). The Prospects for Socialism in the Twenty-first Century. In: Socialism And The Twenty-First Century. Beijing: Central Party Translation Bureau Publishing House, pp. 71-78.
Sayers, S. (1997). Marx. In: The A-Z Guide To Modern Social And Political Theorists. Hemel Hempstead: Prentice-Hall/Harvester Wheatsheaf, pp. 241-245.
Sayers, S. (1996). Engels and Materialism. In: Engels Today: A Centenary Appreciation. London: Macmillan, pp. 153-172.
Sayers, S. (1996). Communitarianism and Moral Realism. In: The Problematic Reality Of Values. Assen: Van Gorcum, pp. 121-136.
Sayers, S. (2012). A question of ethics. [Online]:0-0.
Sayers, S. (2009). Reification: A New Look at an Old Idea. [Online] 118:476-479.
Sayers, S. (2009). Review of David Leopold, The Young Karl Marx and Douglas Moggach, The Philosophy and Politics of Bruno Bauer. :173-80.
Sayers, S. (2007). Review of Louis Althusser, Philosophy of the Encounter: Later Writings, 1978-1987. [Online] 5:248-248.
Sayers, S. (2004). Adriaan T. Peperzak, Modern Freedom: Hegel's Legal, Moral, and Political Philosophy. 49/50:158-163.
Sayers, S. (2004). Review of Iseult Honohan, Civic Republicanism. 45:269-71.
Sayers, S. (2004). Paul O'Grady, Relativism. 44:123-124.
Sayers, S. (2003). Reviews: The Collapse of the Fact/Value Dichotomy and Other Essays. :52-53.
Sayers, S. (2001). Review of Onora O'Neill, Bounds of Justice. [Online]:n/a.
Sayers, S. (2000). Review of Alasdair MacIntyre, Dependent rational animals: Why human beings need the virtues and Stuart Hampshire, Justice is Conflict. [Online]:47-49.
Sayers, S. (2000). Review of Tony Burns and Ian Fraser (eds), Hegel and Marx: the concept of need. [Online] 48:146-146.
Sayers, S. (2000). Hegel and Marx: the concept of need. 48:583-583.
Sayers, S. (1992). Consciousness and revolution in soviet philosophy - from the Bolsheviks to ilenkov,evald. 34:176-177.
Sayers, S. (2011). Marx And Alienation: Essays On Hegelian Themes. [Online]. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Sayers, S. and Alpagut, .ükrü (2009). Marksizm Ve Insan DoäAsä. Istanbul: Yordam Kitap.
Sayers, S. (2008). Plato's Republic: An Introduction. Seoul: Seo-Kwang-Sa Publishers.
Sayers, S. (2008). Marxism And Human Nature. Beijing: Oriental Press.
Sayers, S. (2007). Marxism And Human Nature. London: Routledge.
Sayers, S. and Norman, R.J. (1994). Hegel, Marx And Dialectic: A Debate. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing; New edition edition (December 1993).
Sayers, S. and Norman, R.J. (1980). Hegel, Marx And Dialectic: A Debate. Brighton: Harvester Press, Humanities Press (1980).
Sayers, S. (2009). Marxism and the Crisis of Capitalism. Philosophical Trends [Online] 2009:19-21.
Sayers, S. (2008). Hegel and Marx's theory of Creative activity and alienation . Marxism and Reality 2008:37-44.
Sayers, S. (2008). Marxist Philosophy in Britain: An Overview. Modern Philosophy [Online] 2008:52-57.
Sayers, S. and Haijuan, C. (2008). On the Revival of Marxism: an interview with Sean Sayers. Social Sciences Weekly.
Sayers, S. (2008). Review of John Rawls, Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy. Radical Philosophy:49-50.
Sayers, S. (2007). Marxist Philosophy in Britain: An Overview. Journal of the Institute of Marxist Studies (CASS Beijing) [Online].
Sayers, S. (2007). Karl Marx and his Doctrine. Spartacus:72-74.
Sayers, S. (2007). Marx's Concept of Labor. Science & Society [Online] 71:431-454.
Sayers, S. (2007). Marxism And Morality. Philosophical Researches [Online] 2007:8-12.
Sayers, S. (2007). The concept of labor: Marx and his critics. Science & Society 71:431-454.
Sayers, S. (2007). Review of Alasdair MacIntyre, The Tasks of Philosophy, Selected Essays Volume 1, and Ethics and Politics, Selected Essays Volume 2. Radical Philosophy [Online]:56-58.
Sayers, S. (2007). Individual and society in Marx and Hegel: Beyond the communitarian critique of liberalism . Science & Society [Online] 71:84-102.
Sayers, S. (2007). Dialectic and Social Criticism. Spartacus:86-90.
Sayers, S. (2006). Religion and Politics in the Modern World. Modern Philosophy 4:1-11.
Sayers, S. (2005). Why Work? Marx and Human Nature. Science & Society [Online] 69:606-616.
Sayers, S. (2003). Creative Activity and Alienation in Hegel and Marx. Historical Materialism 11:107-128.
Sayers, S. (2001). The Importance of Hegel for Marx: Reply to Zarembka. Historical Materialism [Online] 8:367-372.
Sayers, S. (2000). Review of G.A. Cohen, If you're an egalitarian, how come you're so rich?. Radical Philosophy [Online]:39-41.
Sayers, S. (1999). Identity and Community. Journal of Social Philosophy [Online] 30:147-60.
Sayers, S. (1997). Marxismus. Ein Überblick. Marxisticsche Blätter 97:54-58.
Sayers, S. (1997). Who are my peers? The Research Assessment Exercise in philosophy. Radical Philosophy:2-5.
Sayers, S. (1997). Progress and Social Criticism. European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms [Online] 2:544-549.
Sayers, S. (1996). Dialectic and Social Criticism. Annalen der Internationalen Gesellschaft für Dialektische Philosophie - Societas Hegeliana IX:241-245.
Sayers, S. (1995). The Value of Community. Radical Philosophy:2-4.
Sayers, S. (1994). Moral Values and Progress. New Left Review:67-85.
Sayers, S. (1994). Philosophy and the Information Superhighway. Radical Philosophy:63-63.
Sayers, S. (1993). Once more on relative truth - a reply. Radical Philosophy:35-38.
Visual media
Sayers, S. (2006). The "uplifting Influence" Of Work And Industry: The Philosophical Background To The Step Of Steel. Cheltenham: IDM Ltd and AHRC.
Edited book
Sayers, S. and Osborne, P. eds. (1990). Socialism, Feminism And Philosophy: A Radical Philosophy Reader. London: Routledge.
Total publications in KAR: 61 [See all in KAR]
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