Kyle Novak | College of Arts

Kyle Novak

PhD Candidate (PGSA President)
MCKN 367


University of Toledo, MA, 2016 (AOC: Continental Political Philosophy)

University of North Daktoa, BA, 2013 (Majors: Philosophy, Religious Studies. Minor: Ethics)


Advisor: Antonio Calcagno (King's Univeristy College at Western)
Co-Advisor: Don Dedrick
External Reader: Gregory Flaxman (UNC Chapel Hill)

Courses Taught

University of Guelph

PHIL*3200 Continental Philosophy               F18

University of Toledo

LST 2010 Law & Social Thought                   S16


“We Still Do Not Know What a Body Can Do: The Replacement of Ontology with Ethology in Deleuze's Spinoza” Symposium (forthcoming).


Deleuze's Transcendental Empiricism Against Speculative Realism: How Deleuze's Hume Avoids the Challenge of Correlationism” The Journal of Speculative Philosophy (2020) Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 297-308, Penn State University Press. (link)

“Disease as Terror: Pandemic as New Global Conflict” Deleuze and Global Pandemics, (eds.) Das and Pratihar, Deleuze Connections. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (forthcoming).


“Fake News and Ecstatic Truths: Alternative Facts in Lessons of Darkness” The Philosophy of Werner Herzog, (eds.) Wilson and Turner, Lexington Books (Rowan & Littlefield) (2020). (link)

“An Argument for a Phenomenological Pragmatic Conception of Truth” Res Cogitans (2014) Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 19. (link)

Thesis Summary:

In short, I am trying to articulate what Deleuze meant by saying that empiricism has always meant “thinking with AND rather than thinking IS.” My argument is that if we take his claim seriously and understand his philosophy of transcendental empiricism through it, we can understand his project as an effort to express a non-ontological philosophy that can still engage with the sciences and account for knowledge in our (post)modern world. By ontology I broadly mean a view of philosophy which is concerned with questions of being, the meaning of being, or justifying statements about what IS. The first part uses his early work on Hume to show how we can have a non-Kantian and non-ontological account of knowledge that isn’t subject to the problem of correlationism that the speculative realists have argued is a part of all post-Kantian philosophy. The second part uses Deleuze’s middle work—especially that on Spinoza—to develop an account of what he calls ethology as an alternative to ontology where the former is concerned with thinking with the form “and…and” while the latter is relegated to asking “What is…?” types of questions. In the last part, I use his late period work on Leibniz to more clearly explain the implications of an ethological philosophy through what he calls “folding” and I address one of the debates in posthumanism/new materialism draws from Deleuze and I think comes down to how we use his work on Leibniz.

Relevant Files

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