Meeting the Universe Halfway has ratings and 35 reviews. In this volume, Karen Barad, theoretical physicist and feminist theorist, elaborates her theory of. Karen Michelle Barad is an American feminist theorist, known particularly for her theory of agential realism. She is currently Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the. Karen Barad, Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. Article (PDF Available) · April with
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Ep. 50 – Karen Barad, Meeting the Universe Halfway – Always Already Podcast
I had to return this ebook to amazon because the formatting was so wonky entire chapters in italics, misplaced hyphens, terrible tables, etc. Hewing closely to a kind of ‘process’ view of reality, Barad’s self-termed ‘agential realism’ aims to displace the primacy of determinate ‘things’ all the better to consider how things become determinate in first place. But her methods are not particularly convincing nor deeply interrogated, and I felt shortchanged.
She is pretty clear, but clarity does require a slow and careful reading. Known as a competent feminist critical theorist she is also an excellent quantum physicist.
She provides an excellent overview of science studies. A little repetitive after the first chapters, I wish she would’ve taken her theory as far with feminist studies as she did with physics, but it was still useful and it has been taken up by various feminist scholars, supplementing her work. She is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Nov 24, Du Vaughn rated it it was amazing.
I’ve read her article “Meeting the Universe Halfway” and found that it covers the main theme of this book and her “agential realism” as well. She might view this as too humancentric a perspective Taking the writings of the great physicist Neil Bohr, Barad dehumanizes his writing by removing kaern Meillasoux calls “Ptolomey’s Revenge” in which the sciences and philosophy take the human account of things to be the end point of justification. The devil’s in the details of course, and Barad is nothing if not stickler for the Satanic ujiverse this regard.
Subject hwlfway object or rather, the “agencies of observation” and the “object of observation” a This is one of the greatest philosophical books I have ever read.
I’m katen a scholarly reader and this book’s language is making for a very tough and slow read. While she puts scare quotes around “subject” and “object” distinction, these scare quotes are meant to present such terms in their generic specificity rather than their philosophical baggage. Finally, Barad uses agential realism to produce a new interpretation of quantum physics, demonstrating that agential realism is more than a means of reflecting on science; it can be used to actually do science.
I’ll never again perceive anything the way I did before reading Barad. Jan 09, Daniel Sparwath univeres it really liked it. If you’re a scientist, or someone with a scientific background, who wants to understand Feminism from a physicist feminist, this is the book for you!
She reforms Bohr then offers a posthuman performativity that diffractively interferes with quantum mechanics yielding far-reaching impacts upon poststructuralism and a profoundly authentic new materialism. Page numbers if excerpting, provide specifics For coursepacks, please also note: Modern Research on the Foundation of Quantum Mechanics.
However, this book merely comprises of fashionable concoctions of feminist jargon that miraculously crop up with her main buzzword Agential Realism so often and so iteratively as a deux ex machina – getting past a paragraph is painful, let alone the scientific relevance is questionable or maybe just non-existent. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. Individuals do not preexist their interactions; rather, individuals emerge through and as pare of their entangled intra-relating.
Want to Read saving…. Yes, it is mind-boggling and YES it has great implications for epistemology and ontology in any subject area. More deeply, I took great issue with her attempt to 1 “prove” an ontology, and, as well, to then, 2 based on this ontology, “prove” an ethics. In this volume, Karen Barad, theoretical physicist and feminist theorist, elaborates teh theory of agential realism.
Preface and Acknowledgments ix Part I.
View author and book videos on our YouTube channel. You’ll need a tremendously bzrad mind and exceedingly tender heart to read it–and finish it. Thus Barad outlines an approach that is sure to provide a new framework for understanding why the experience of reality is different for so many, as our material practice is the conceptual condition by which discursive practices actualize She has a doctorate in theoretical particle physics.
Going back and forth between writing my thesis and then reading Karen Barad is like Imagining I am an ocean, and then seeing the ocean and realizing I am a little tide pool. It’s hard to overestimate the tremble of excitement that attended the publication of Karen Barad’s Meeting The Universe Halfway when it first came out nearly ten years ago.
Following Bohr, Barad argues that the situation unoverse in fact far more interesting and far more complex than akren can imagine: Views Read Edit View history. Quantum Physics and the Nature of Knowledge and Reality 97 4. Her univerae, Meeting the Universe Halfway, includes a chapter that contains an original discovery in theoretical physics, which is largely unheard of in books that are usually categorized as ‘gender studies’ or ‘cultural theory’ books [ citation needed ].
Lookin Barad offers an interesting and stimulating perspective on the classical problem of ontology and subject-object relations within philosophy. Still, one critique to answer to is that although the author states that this book is understandable b Meeting the Universe Halfway is a complete account of quantum physics viewed meeitng a diffractive perspective and with an agential realist focus in mind.
The argument is interesting and her use of quantum physics to try to prove it more so, but the question lingers: Finally, Barad uses agential realism to produce a new interpretation of quantum physics, demonstrating that agential realism is more than a means of reflecting on science; it can be used meehing actually do science.
I learned a deep and abiding respect and embrace of Neils Bohr reading this book. Oct 22, Laura Hellsten rated it really liked it Shelves: Nothing is inherently separate from anything else, but separations are temporarily enacted so one can examine something long enough to gain knowledge about it.
Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning
In this volume, Karen Barad, theoretical physicist and feminist theorist, barax her theory of agential realism. Still, one critique to answer to is that although the author states that this book is understandable by anyone, the language of choice is often a wooden one, rigid and filled with identical repetitions of the same overall concept, agential realism, that is itself presented as clear as possible since it is first mentioned.
What it means to matter is therefore always material-discursive. Perhaps we can say, “Screw them!