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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Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Because specific practices of mattering have ethical consequences, excluding other kinds of mattering, onto-epistemological practices are always in turn onto-ethico-epistemological. Barad serves on the advisory board for the feminist academic journals Catalyst: This is one of the greatest philosophical books I have ever read.

Barad’s original training was in theoretical physics. Experimental Metaphysics and the Nature of Nature 8.

Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning

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Ethical practices and consequences are intrinsic to the web. To me this is a central part of her work — its implications for ethics — but its most important logical leap comes far too late and far too briefly.

According to Barad’s theory of agential realismthe universe comprises phenomena, which are “the ontological inseparability of intra-acting agencies”.

Paperback2nd printingpages. We can outline it thus: 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. And I now have a workable compatibility between special and general relativity theories and quantum mechanics.


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.

Nov 24, Phakin rated it really liked it. Disability Requests Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here.

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Jan 01, Tawfiqam rated it really liked it. This repetition of a human account out there forms the discursive struggle between wave-particle accounts in quantum mechanics. She was able to get this literary entity past editorial staff – which deserves kudos Which leaves this lingering question uncomfortably evaded. Entanglements and Re Con figurations 5. I’m not a scholarly reader and this book’s language is making for a very tough and slow read.

Also, given the fundamental nature of the author’s arguments, she shies away from using analogies which, though understandable, removes a useful tool from an author’s utility belt. 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 hniverse it can be used to actually do science.

Her arguments about entanglement “we are all connected,” though a bit more complex than that is not wholly original, but her attempts to demonstrate its truth through thorough, step-by-step analyses of classic physics experiments does feel new and laudable.

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.

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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. Although “ethics” is mmeeting 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”. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Modern Research on the Foundation of Quantum Mechanics.


Quotes from Meeting the Unive Karen Barad draws on figures such as Judith Bulter, Donna Haraway, and Michel Foucault to investigate the ontological implications of the insights in quantum physics of Niels Bohr. It’s a missing link tied with loose string. I’ll never again perceive anything the way I did before reading Barad. Library resources about Karen Barad. 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.

Ever wanted to know about the Stern-Gerlach apparatus, or the details of quantum eraser experiments?

Thus is the unresolvable dilemma of ontology at least for a logician Dec 25, Hafsa rated it liked it Shelves: Her research topics include feminist theory, physics, twentieth-century continental philosophy, epistemology, ontology, philosophy of physics, cultural studies of science, and feminist science studies. Barad gets points enough to bump her up. Jan 12, Natalie Kilber rated it did not like it. Barad’s attention to detail is convincing and her conclusions are compelling and fascinating.

While intuitively we understand this in pop explanations as “point of view” she radicalizes this account by extending it into the formal fields of post-structural philosophy and quantum physics. True, she contends that ideas are ultimately “marks on bodies,” — but I would say that that description in itself is also an idea; how would we even know what these marks were if we are all entangled?

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