Karen Barad, Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. Article (PDF Available) · April with Meeting the Universe Halfway has ratings and 35 reviews. In this volume, Karen Barad, theoretical physicist and feminist theorist, elaborates her theory of. Meeting the Universe Halfway is an ambitious book with far-reaching In this volume, Karen Barad, theoretical physicist and feminist theorist.
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In explaining intra-activity, Barad reveals questions about how nature and culture interact and change over time to be fundamentally misguided. The book is a provocative, generative, contribution to our attempts to provide effective tools to describe and understand the rapidly changing world we are part of.
But it did not quite live up to my expectations. Meeting the universe halfway: In this way, agential realism is a way of noting how the universe meets itself half way, to constantly create the conditions for which unit-hood is registered and made distinct through its own materially discursive interactions.
Create a reading universw or add to an existing list. For this halfwwy, according to Barad, agential realism is useful for any kind of feminist analysis, even if the connection to science is not apparent. I read some of this for a course last term plus a bit more than that, but I haven’t come close to finishing it.
Her research topics inc Karen Michelle Barad born 29 Halfwsyis an American feminist theorist, known particularly for her theory of Agential Realism. What I dislike about the writing style are the incredibly long and complex sentences with an overabundance of compound words. This here’s the book for you and even if you don’t, you ought to! This view of knowledge provides a framework for thinking about how culture and habits of thought can make some things visible and other things easier to ignore or to never see.
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Drawing its inspiration from the ‘philosophy-physics’ of Niels Bohr Einstein’s contemporary and sometime theoretical rivalBarad here works to elaborate upon just the kind of world implied by the startling discoveries of quantum theory, all the while being attendant to some of the deepest, most pressing puzzles of modern metaphysics. View additional images and download publicity materials.
Though I do agree that she is a bit too repeatetive and leaves some very important questions still open and undefined.
A work, moreover, that promised to rethink and rec 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. A human consciousness can provide an apparatus of measurement but the larger reality as a whole including consciousness provides conditions meetinh knowing itself.
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. In this volume, Karen Barad, theoretical physicist and feminist univeese, elaborates her theory of agential realism.
The argument yhe interesting and her use of quantum physics to try to prove it more so, but the question lingers: This claim is based on the halfday that Barad’s agential realism is a way of understanding the politics, ethics, and agencies of any act of observation, and indeed any kind of knowledge practice. Sign up for Subject Matters email updates to receive discounts, new book announcements, and more. Harad if we recognize nonhuman entities as shaping our “humaness”, that recognition is, perhaps, a human one.
Disability Requests Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here. Karen Michelle Barad born 29 Aprilis an American feminist theorist, known particularly for her theory of Agential Realism. The quantum physics are not univesre reason making this a difficult read, it is solely due to the absence of coherent arguments with no development of her “exclusive” hypothesis revoling around Agential Realism.
Lookin Barad offers an interesting and stimulating perspective on the classical problem of ontology and subject-object relations within philosophy.
Meeting the Universe Halfway 39 2. 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. I had to return this ebook to amazon because the formatting was so wonky entire chapters in italics, misplaced hyphens, terrible tables, etc.
Finally, Barad uses agential realism to univerze a new interpretation of quantum univesre, demonstrating that agential realism is more than a means of reflecting on science; it can be used to actually do science.
Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning
In the process, she significantly reworks understandings of space, time, bafad, causality, agency, subjectivity, and objectivity. Thus Barad outlines an approach that is sure to provide a new framework for understanding meetign the experience of reality is different for so many, as our material practice is the conceptual condition by which discursive practices actualize Indeed, the new philosophical framework that I propose entails a rethinking of “I propose ‘agential realism’ as an epistemological-ontological-ethical framework that provides an understanding of the role of human AND nonhuman, material AND discursive, and natural AND cultural factors in scientific and other social-material practices, thereby moving such considerations beyond the well-worn debates that pit constructivism against realism, agency against structure, and idealism against materialism.
Experimental Metaphysics and the Nature unievrse Nature 8. It’s a missing link tied with loose string.
We need more scholarship like this, or at least in this vein, which does not shy away from breaking disciplinary boundaries. Although “ethics” is mentioned only a few times in the whole book, a major goal of the book is to rework responsibility and obligation which can no longer involve a relation to a radically exteriorized “other”. It’s hard to overestimate halfaay tremble of excitement that attended the publication of Karen Barad’s Meeting The Universe Halfway when it first came out nearly ten years ago.
Quotes from Meeting the Unive She is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: The background, historical and theoretical notions that this book is based on underline and structure the field’s most important questions and Karen Barad analyzes and dissects them from an epistemological, ontological and ethical point of view. University halfwah California, Santa Cruz. Existence is not an individual affair.
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!
Jan 12, Natalie Kilber rated it did not like it. But I think such dismissals would do an injustice to the creativity and passion of her efforts, and to such audiences’ own specialized fields. And yes, the book is long, and repetitious at times, but it’s a small price mesting admission to pay for so wonderful an intervention of ideas.
I really do want to read this book since I’ve halfday so much praise for it, but it’s turning into a major chore. Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the rights to maps or other drawings. 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 The quantum physics are not the reason making this a difficult read, it is solely due to the absence of coherent arguments with no development of her “exclusive” univsrse revoling around Agential Realism.