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Dr Silviya Lechner

Visiting Research Fellow



Areas of specialisation

  • Moral and political philosophy: Hobbes, Kant, Oakeshott
  • Global justice and international relations
  • Metaphysical puzzles of mind and action
  • Rule-following, practices, institutions


Having completed her PhD on the core constitutive practices of the society of states at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Dr Lechner joined the Department of War Studies as a lecturer in October 2007. Currently, she is a visiting research fellow working on the problem of practice theory as it applies to the relations of states. Her current Research looks at the philosophical foundations of politics and international relations. Two current projects involve:
  • Hobbes’s metaphysics of mind
  • A book on international practices. Assuming the notion of a structure or a constraining principle that governs state-to-state relations, the analysis proceeds to examine the various modalities of these relations from a ‘normative’ standpoint, including problems of meaning, observation versus action, and the justification of values. It aims to show the necessity of structure, both as a ground or principle and as a substantive notion or ‘fact’.  


‘Basic Rights and Global Justice: The Problem of International Coercion’, in Matthew Happold (ed.) International Law in a Multipolar World, pp. 158-178(London and New York: Routledge 2012).

‘Morality and History in Oakeshott’s System of Ideas,’ in Michael Henkel and Oliver W. Lembcke (eds.) Praxis und Politik - Michael Oakeshott im Dialog (Mohr Siebeck, 2012), pp. 77-94.

‘Humanitarian Intervention: Moralism vs. Realism?’, International Studies Review, vol. 12, Issue 4 (September 2010).

‘Neuroscience: On Practices, Truth and Rationality’. Response to Chris Caposy’s ‘The Supposed Obligation to Change One’s Beliefs about Ethics because of Discoveries in Neuroscience’, American Journal of Bioethics – Neuroscience, vol. 1, No. 4, 2010.

‘Wood’s Kantian Ethics: A Hermeneutics of Freedom’, book review, Kantian Review 2011, 16 (1), 141-150.

‘Paul Guyer: Kant’s System of Nature and Freedom’, book review, Kantian Review 2008, vol. 13 (2)pp. 146-148.

‘What Difference does Ius Inter Gentes Make? Changing Diplomatic Rights and Duties and the Modern European States-System,’ The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, vol. 1, no. 3 (2006), pp. 235-259.

‘IR Theory and Theoretical Autonomy,’ in Paolo Estreves and Eduardo S. Neves-Silva (eds.) Theoretical and Metatheoretical Debates in International Relations, in Portuguese(Belo Horizonte: Editora PUC Minas, accepted for publication). 

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