Title | Organization:
Term Assistant Professor | Barnard College
B.A., University of Alabama (2008)
M.A., Texas A&M University (2011)
M.A., UNC-Chapel Hill (2014)
Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill (2018)
Kyle Driggers received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2018. His primary area of research is the history of philosophy, specifically the early modern period. Currently, Kyle’s research focuses on the 17th century philosopher Baruch Spinoza, who espoused radical ideas about the nature of God, free will, and the path to happiness. In his dissertation, Kyle argues that Spinoza’s main project is to give an account of God’s nature from the "human perspective.” In other words, the point of Spinoza’s Ethics is to release humans from the bondage of ignorance by showing us that we can fully understand God’s nature. This interpretation is a radical departure from the received wisdom on Spinoza’s metaphysics, which maintains that God’s infinite nature outstrips our ability to understand it.
In addition to Spinoza, Kyle also loves to research and teach topics in Ancient Greek philosophy, contemporary metaphysics, and philosophical logic. Many of his philosophical thought experiments and examples involve his four cats.