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

But it’s actually a good and very engaging book to read, halfday for those interested in STS. I have no doubts that the yniverse has a brilliant mind, but I don’t find her style very inviting; in fact I’d go far as to say that this has replaced “Principles of Color Technology” as the hardest-to I’m not a scholarly reader and this book’s language is making for a very tough and slow read.

Barad’s agential realism is at once an epistemology theory of knowingan ontology theory of beingand an ethics.

The Science and Ethics of Mattering 3 1. To ask other readers questions about Meeting the Universe Halfwayplease sign up. The most interesting part for me, someone with little physics background, was the discussion of the quantum eraser baard, which baraad truly mind-blowing. Here was the work of a physicist-cum-philosopher conversant in the ‘high-theory’ of post-structuralism no less than the intricacies of quantum theory, a writer of exceptional clarity at home in the fields of feminist theory no less than the philosophy and practice of science.

Yes, it is mind-boggling and YES it has great implications for epistemology and ontology in any subject area.


If you love math and aren’t afraid of following her formalisms you’ll be amply rewarded with a new understanding of Bohr Universf of the most important books of the 21st century. This is an important, ambitious, readable, risk-taking, and very smart book, one to savor and grow with.

Dec 25, Hafsa rated it liked it Shelves: The opening section of the book is especially interesting for those of the quantum physics persuasion!! She reforms Bohr then offers a posthuman performativity that diffractively interferes with quantum mechanics yielding far-reaching impacts upon poststructuralism and a halfwau authentic new materialism.

She doesn’t take phenomenon to be as opposed to noumenon in the Kantian sense but opposed to objects in the subject-object distinction. Oct 16, amelia added it Shelves: I did not actually finish this book, but I read about pages bxrad it and that felt like enough to justify rating it.

Barad explicitly states that diffraction is the nature of her methodological approach, but, while some scholars do a wonderful job of writing similarly with many nuances, puzzles, and intellectual meanderings along the meetingg I think of Talal Asad uniferse Gil Anidjarit is very hard for me to appreciate Barad on that level.

Al-Ghazali would refer to “dhawq,” fruitional experience, as a realm of knowledge above rationality. I really wanted to love this book, as someone with a background and aspiration in physics, philosophy, and moral cosmologies.

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

Continental philosophy Materialism [1] Feminism. I’ll never again perceive anything the way I did before reading Barad. Jun 09, Alex rated it it was amazing. View additional images and download publicity materials. Permission to Photocopy coursepacks If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at kaaren.

Just because we are all connected, and therefore contribute to effects and causes creating, say, an economic disaster on baradd other side of the world, does not mean we have a moral or ethical responsibility to that phenomenon.

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Barad’s framework makes several other arguments, and some meting them are part of larger trends in fields such as science studies and feminist technoscience all can be found in her book, Meeting the Universe Halfway:.

Open Preview See a Problem? Meeting the Universe Halfway is a complete account of quantum physics viewed from a diffractive perspective and with an agential realist focus in mind. Intra-activity is an inexhaustible dynamism that configures and reconfigures relations of space-time-matter.

She repeats herself frequently to the point where her agential realist vocabulary, which once felt new and promising and exciting, begins to feel tiresome and empty, words only, jargon. And I now have a workable compatibility between special and general relativity theories and quantum mechanics. This here’s the book for you and even if you don’t, you ought to!

Intra-activity is an inexhaustible dynamism that configures and reconfigures relations of space-time-matter. According to Barad, the deeply connected way that everything is entangled with bwrad else means that any act of observation makes a “cut” between what is included and excluded from what is being considered. Lookin Barad offers an interesting and stimulating perspective on the classical problem of ontology and subject-object relations within philosophy.

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Her methodological lessons from the diffraction of light and her convincing interpretations of familiar puzzles and recent experimental results in quantum physics also display how science and science studies can genuinely learn from one another. You’ll need a tremendously tough mind and exceedingly tender heart to read it–and finish it. Rather, they are the condition of possibility of ‘humans’ and ‘non-humans’, not merely as ideational concepts, but in their materiality.

Hence the book’s tagline: Perhaps we can say, “Screw them!

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