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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I really wanted to love this book, as someone with a background and aspiration in physics, philosophy, and moral cosmologies. Barad’s description of agential realism is interesting but, like those it argues against, it remains an idea.
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 Offering an account of the world as a whole rather than as composed of separate natural and social Meeting the Universe Halfway is an ambitious book with far-reaching implications for numerous fields in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
Eschewing the so-called ‘spectator theory of observation’ in which human agents stand apart from the universe they observe, Barad thus takes great pains to read humans ‘back in’ to the universe, placing the focus on the very materiality of the scientific process itself, one as much a part of the universe it measures as everything else note too that not ‘minds’, but rather material apparatuses and physical arrangements are what count as ‘agents of observation’ here, foreclosing any simple charge of idealism.
Because specific practices of mattering have ethical consequences, excluding other kinds of mattering, onto-epistemological practices are always in turn onto-ethico-epistemological. In the process, she significantly reworks understandings of space, time, matter, causality, agency, subjectivity, and objectivity. I did not actually finish this book, but I read about pages of it and that felt like enough to justify rating it.
In her words, the agential cut has to do with distinguishing between the material affects of the apparatus of measurement in creating phenomenon. Technoscientific Practices and the Materialization of Reality 6. Nevertheless, a superb and helpful read for anyone willing to dive into the deepest essence of things on his or her own, a true quantic catalyzer.
Her research topics inc Karen Michelle Barad born 29 Aprilis an American feminist theorist, known particularly for her theory of Agential Realism. Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Feminism, Theory, Technoscience and Signs: She provides an excellent overview of science studies. Feminist propaganda mixed with possible misextrapolations from physics sounds worse than water torture, but this book comes highly recommended from John Kowalko, so I may give it a chance.
Well, you did it as well as anybody possibly could have. Looking forward to the rest She is pretty clear, but clarity does require a slow and careful reading. If it is diffractive methodology, it’s across the infinite and headache-inspiring space between parallel mirrors, the stuff of Borges, perhaps, but not this.
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Wild ride — but awesome ride. Her research topics include feminist theory, physics, twentieth-century continental philosophy, univedse, ontology, philosophy of physics, cultural studies of science, and feminist science studies.
This here’s the book for you and even if you don’t, you ought to! 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 – halfwzy past a paragraph is painful, let alone the scientific relevance is questionable or maybe just non-existent.
Halcway 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. She doesn’t take phenomenon to be as opposed to noumenon in the Kantian sense but opposed to objects in the subject-object distinction.
Reality is not independent of our explorations of it; and barzd is not a matter of opinion, but of the material consequences of some cuts and not others made in the fabric of the world. Online books Resources in your library Resources in other libraries. She argues for a completely new way of looking at the world, meting she calls “agential realism,” where the relationship preexists and constitutes the relata.
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Barad’s original training was in theoretical physics.
While I’ve papered over some of the more ‘philosophical’ considerations in this review, rest assured that if you like your Foucault, your Butler, your Donna Haraway, or your Ian Hacking, there’s plenty of that in here too.
True, she contends that ideas karwn ultimately “marks on bodies,” — tye 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? As Barad reminds us, identities are always formed in intra-action. I feel like this is what Liz Cullingford would so I did not actually finish this book, but I read about pages of it and that felt like enough to justify rating it.
Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning
Description Meeting the Universe Halfway is an ambitious book with far-reaching implications for numerous fields in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
Agential realism is the way of the hhe. Nov 28, Alex Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves: Indeed, she characterizes her work as a form of ethico-onto-epistem-ology, jniverse that the three cannot be disentangled. We can outline it thus: So far, she’s managed to describe some of the insights of quantum physics in a relatively comprehendable manner and even made it relevant and exciting to relate to a general and social ontology.
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. Entanglements and Re Con figurations 5. 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 from a diffractive perspective and with an agential realist focus in mind.