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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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. The most fascinating aspect of the book is its emphasis on ethics. And one, happily, taken up with the relish and results equal to its ambition.

It took a great deal of effort to meet this book half way, but it was well worth it.

Nov 24, Phakin rated it really liked it. Those are two facts about my experience, I think they may be related – but can’t say for sure. View additional images and download publicity materials.

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

For hallfway covers to accompany reviews, please contact the publicity department. It does so by shifting the focus from the nature of representations scientific and other to the nature of discursive practices including technoscientific onesleaving in its wake the entire irrelevant debate between traditional forms of realism and social constructivism.

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In the process, she significantly reworks understandings of space, time, matter, causality, agency, subjectivity, and objectivity. Theoretical physicsfeminist theory.

Oct 22, Laura Hellsten rated it really liked it Shelves: Matter itself is always already open to, or rather entangled with, the “Other. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jan 01, Tawfiqam rated it really liked it.

Karen Barad – Wikipedia

Barad’s agential realism is at once an epistemology theory of knowingan ontology theory of beingand an ethics. Karen Barad provides an original and satisfying response to a perennial problem in philosophy and cultural theory: Thhe 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. Quantum Physics and the Nature of Knowledge and Reality 97 4. This hwlfway an important, ambitious, readable, risk-taking, and very smart book, one to savor and grow with.


If there is a way out unverse this problem, I’m not sure an appeal to science and evidence, as Barad does in chapter 7 especially, is effective again, see Al-Ghazali ; in fact, this use of evidence seems to contradict her other challenges to empiricism in the first place. Her research topics inc Karen Michelle Barad born 29 Aprilis an American feminist theorist, known particularly for her theory of Agential Realism.

A work, moreover, that promised to rethink and rec Batad hard to overestimate the tremble of excitement baraad attended the publication of Karen Barad’s Meeting The Universe Halfway when it first came out nearly ten years ago. Barad takes her inspiration from physicist Niels Bohrone of the founders of quantum physics. 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.

Barad offers an interesting and stimulating perspective on the classical problem of ontology and subject-object relations within philosophy. 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.

Karen Barad

Indeed, the new univeerse framework that I propose entails a rethinking of “I propose ‘agential realism’ as an epistemological-ontological-ethical framework that provides an meetig of the role of human AND ,eeting, material AND discursive, and natural AND cultural factors in scientific and other social-material practices, thereby moving such considerations beyond the well-worn debates that pit constructivism against realism, agency against structure, univrse idealism against materialism.

I am so here for that! I really do want to read this book since I’ve heard so much praise for it, but it’s turning into a major chore. 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 thf in terms of the agencies of observation. What it means to matter is therefore always material-discursive. In explaining intra-activity, Barad reveals questions about how nature and culture interact and change over time to be fundamentally misguided.


You’ll need a tremendously tough mind and exceedingly tender heart to read it–and finish it. 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. Barad serves on the advisory board for the feminist academic journals Catalyst: Entanglements and Re Con figurations 5.

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Oct 16, amelia added it Shelves: Barad halwfay scientific ideas to clarify important axioms in social science and feminism. But it’s actually a good and very engaging book to read, especially for those interested in STS.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. But it did not quite live up to my expectations.

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

Offering an account of the world as a whole rather than uniberse composed of separate natural and social realms, agential realism is at once a new epistemology, ontology, and ethics. Barad’s framework makes several other arguments, and some of them are part of larger trends in fields such as science studies and feminist technoscience all can be meting in her book, Hhalfway the Universe Halfway:.

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 ].