Professor Sean Sayers

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy


Professor 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, has also written on Freud and psychoanalysis, and is currently working on issues concerning the relation of Marx to Hegel. 

Sean studied at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford and holds a PhD from the University of Kent. His work has been translated into Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, and Turkish. 

He has held visiting appointments in Colorado, Massachusetts, Sydney, Istanbul, Shanghai, Wuhan, and Beijing and is a Visiting Professor at Peking University (since 2016) and at Canterbury Christ Church University (since 2016). 

His books include Marx and Alienation: Essays on Hegelian Themes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), Plato's Republic: An Introduction (Edinburgh University Press, 1999), Marxism and Human Nature (Routledge, 1998), Reality and Reason: Dialectic and the Theory of Knowledge (Blackwell, 1985), and Hegel, Marx and Dialectic: A Debate (with Richard Norman, Harvester, 1980). 

He has also co edited Marxism, Religion and Ideology (Routledge, 2015), Socialism, Feminism and Philosophy: A Radical Philosophy Reader (Routledge, 1991), Socialism and Democracy (Macmillan, 1991) and Socialism and Morality (Macmillan, 1990). 

Sean has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and books. He was one of the founders of the journal Radical Philosophy (1972), and he was the founder of the Marx and Philosophy Review of Books (2009). 


  • Founder and Editor, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books (since 2009)
  • 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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