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Lawrence Wilde


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Politics and International Relations


Lawrence Wilde is Emeritus Professor of Political Theory. Until his retirement in September 2013 he was Professor of Political Theory in the Division of Politics and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences. He taught courses on Solidarity and Global Politics and supervised a number of PhD candidates in Political Theory. Having published a book on Global Solidarity early in 2013, he is now writing a book on Thomas More's Utopia.

Career overview

Lawrence Wilde was a journalist with Sefton District Newspapers on Merseyside  for 4 years before studying Politics as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Liverpool.

Research areas

Professor Wilde's early research focused on the philosophy of Marx, and he still publishes in the area of Marxism and Ethics. For many years his research has focused on the concept of solidarity, including the idea of global solidarity. In addition he has started a new project on Thomas More's Utopia in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the book in 2016.

External activity

Professor Wilde is co-coordinator (with Dr Ian Fraser) of the Politics and Aesthetics Panel at the annual Manchester Workshops in Political Theory. He is a member of the Political Studies Association and its specialist groups in Art and Politics and Marxist Studies. He is a member of the Utopian Studies Society (Europe), the Association for Political Thought, and the international network Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity.

He is on the editorial committee of Global Discourse and Studies in Marxism.

Sponsors and collaborators

Professor Wilde works with Dr Ian Fraser (Loughborough) in coordinating the Politics and Aesthetics Panel at the annual Manchester Workshops in Political Theory. He collaborated with Dr Fraser in writing The Marx Dictionary (2011).



Thomas More’s Utopia: Arguing for Social Justice. Abingdon: Routledge, 2016, 138 pp. ISBN-13: 978-1138187535.

Book chapters:

  • (2016) 'Marx’s Confrontation with Free Market Dogma: The Latent Moral Argument in Capital' in D. Bates, I. MacKenzie and S. Sayers, eds., Marxism, Religion and Ideology: Themes From David McLellan. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 71-84. ISBN: 978-1-138-85061-3.
  • (2015)  'The Marxian Roots of Radical Humanism' in Michael Thompson, ed. Constructing Marxist Ethics. Dordrecht and Boston: Brill, pp. 9-32. ISBN: 978-90-04-25414-5.
  • (2014) 'Three Forms of Nineteenth Century Socialist Solidarity', in Scott H. Boyd and M. A. Walters (eds), Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity: Solidarities and Social Function. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press,  pp. 14-29.
  • (2013) 'Solidarity, Justice and the Postnational Constellation: Habermas and Beyond', in T. Burns and S. Thompson (eds). Global Justice and the Politics of Recognition. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 108-127.

Journal article:

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Press expertise

  • Marx and Marxism
  • Socialism