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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That said, while at first I dove into this as a fascinating and dense work that would reveal its intricate parts as the pages flew by — I was really enjoying it for the first pages — it eventually began to feel more and more diffuse. Reality is not independent of our explorations of it; and reality is not a matter of opinion, but of the material consequences of some cuts and not others made in the fabric of the world.

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

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

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. Her methodological approach to “diffraction” rather than reflection was also appreciated as was her intellectually entertaining and lengthy Acknowledgements section.

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.

Similarly, I found her extension from Bohr’s notion of “phenomena,” of intra-actions being the ontological reality, rather than there existing some pre-existing reality, thought-provoking and nuanced. Jan 09, Daniel Sparwath rated it really liked it. In this book Karen Barad puts her expertise in feminist studies and quantum physics barrad superb use, offering agential realism as an important alternative to representationalism.


But it’s actually a good and very engaging book to read, especially for those interested in STS. May 26, Haris rated univefse really liked it.

Rather, they are the condition of possibility of ‘humans’ and ‘non-humans’, not merely as ideational concepts, but in their materiality. Her dissertation presented computational methods for quantifying properties of quarks, and other fermions, and in the framework of lattice gauge theory.

Bringing together ontology, epstemology, and ethics, Barad starts with quantum physics and reaches for ways for us to consider our responsibility in “intra-actions” with others and their hniverse response-ability with yniverse. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Return to Book Page. Modern Research on the Foundation of Quantum Mechanics. Portals Access related topics.

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She is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: 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. Meeeting, it is mind-boggling and YES it has great implications for epistemology and ontology in any subject area. Please direct permission requests for these images to permissions dukeupress.

I did not actually finish this book, but I read about pages of it and that felt like enough to justify rating it. For Barad, phenomena or objects do not precede their interaction, rather, ‘objects’ emerge through particular intra-actions.

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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. Oct 07, Ben Platt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Barad’s original training was in theoretical physics. 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” hypothesis revoling around Agential Realism.


I think it’s very helpful to start from it. What it means to matter is therefore always material-discursive.

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. What is on the other side of the agential cut is not separate from us–agential separability is not individuation. Baarad books Resources in your library Resources in other libraries. To see what your tthe thought of this book, please sign up. Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here. We need more scholarship like this, or at least in this vein, which does not shy away from breaking disciplinary boundaries.

If you love math and aren’t afraid hzlfway following her formalisms you’ll be amply rewarded with a new understanding of Bohr One of the most important books of the 21st century. It deserves wide analysis and discussion.

Barad serves on the advisory board for the feminist academic journals Catalyst: Known as a competent feminist critical theorist she is also an excellent quantum physicist. Retrieved halgway ” https: This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat In this volume, Karen Barad, theoretical physicist and feminist theorist, elaborates her theory of agential realism. Barad’s agential realism is at once an epistemology harad of knowingan ontology theory of beingand an ethics.

Oct 22, Laura Hellsten rated it really liked it Shelves: Meefing 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 part of the universe to be analyzed.