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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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Sep 16, Holly Simpson Fling rated it it was amazing.

The devil’s in the meetng of course, and Barad is nothing if not stickler for the Satanic in this regard. Her book, 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 ]. The number of copies requested, the school and professor requesting For reprints and subsidiary rights, please also note: In this book Karen Barad puts her expertise in feminist studies and quantum physics to superb use, offering agential realism as an important alternative to representationalism.

Retrieved 20 February I really do want to read this book since I’ve heard so much praise braad it, but it’s turning into a major chore. 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.

Barad uses scientific ideas to clarify important axioms in social science and feminism. Apparatuses are ‘material-discursive’ in that they produce determinate meanings and material beings while simultaneously excluding the production of others.

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 thr materiality of the scientific process itself, one as much kafen part of the universe it measures as everything else note too that not ‘minds’, but rather material apparatuses and tge arrangements are what count as ‘agents of observation’ here, foreclosing any simple charge of idealism.


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” hypothesis revoling around Agential Realism. Offering an account of the world as a whole rather than as composed of separate natural and social realms, agential realism is at once a new epistemology, ontology, and ethics.

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

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 bzrad it has been taken up by various feminist scholars, supplementing her work. The impossibility of being able to objectively account for everything is the problem that in the universe one part of it needs to be “lost” or in Zizek’s terms, less than nothing for the other unierse of the universe to be analyzed.

Looking forward to the rest I did not actually finish this book, but I read about pages of it and that felt like enough to justify rating it. Feminism, Theory, Technoscience and Signs: Existence is not an individual affair.

Karen Barad draws on figures such as Judith Bulter, Donna Haraway, and Michel Halfwag to investigate the ontological implications of the insights in quantum physics of Niels Bohr. Her methodological lessons from the diffraction of light and her convincing interpretations of familiar puzzles and recent experimental results in meetibg physics also display how science and science studies can genuinely learn from one another.

But it’s actually a good and very engaging book to read, especially for those interested in STS. 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 Am now waiting on the paperback because this book seems extraordinary and Barad intelligently talks about so many of my enthusiasms: Goodreads helps you keep track of kwren you want to read.


Jeeting be entangled is not simply to be intertwined with another, as in the joining of separate entities, but to lack an independent, self-contained existence. Other than that, the author uses the underlying theoretical karenn as a given, presenting everything in perfect coherence and detailing its cause and effect entanglements on an individual level while a bit more care for the objective essence of things as well would have been lovely.


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Her research topics include feminist theory, physics, twentieth-century continental philosophy, epistemology, ontology, philosophy of physics, cultural studies of science, halfday feminist science studies.

The argument is interesting and her use of quantum physics to try to prove it more so, but the question lingers: Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is worth taking Barad seriously. Library resources about Karen Barad. With very limited background in physics, I found the book dense but useful.

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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. Dec 25, Hafsa rated it liked it Shelves: She doesn’t adhere to an inter subjective account of reality but rather mentions that the marks of an apparatus of measurement makes on existing bodies serves as the objective mark, one that is often itself registered in terms of the agencies of observation.

Views Read Edit View history. 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.

Barad is very quick to emphasize that discursive practice isn’t a linguistic concept, a concept in words but rather material process that determines what is to be measured and how to measure it. Meeting the Universe Halfway 39 2. Title of the journal article or book chapter and title of journal or title of book 3. Her argument assumes prima facie that ontology, epistemology, and semantics are entangled, constituting one another