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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I’m not a scholarly reader and this book’s language is making for a very tough and slow read. In explaining intra-activity, Barad reveals questions about how nature and culture interact and change over time to be fundamentally misguided.
While she puts scare quotes around “subject” and “object” distinction, these scare quotes are meant to present such terms in their generic specificity rather than their philosophical baggage. And yes, the book is long, and repetitious at times, but it’s a small price of admission to pay for so wonderful an intervention of ideas.
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She reforms Bohr then offers a posthuman performativity that diffractively interferes with quantum mechanics yielding far-reaching impacts upon poststructuralism and a profoundly authentic new materialism.
Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. Oct 22, Laura Hellsten rated it really liked it Shelves: Taking the writings of the great physicist Neil Bohr, Barad dehumanizes his writing by removing what Meillasoux calls “Ptolomey’s Revenge” in which the sciences and philosophy take the human account of things to be the end point of justifi Barad presents an account of reality she calls agential realism.
What it means to matter is therefore always material-discursive. University of California, Santa Cruz. Your Friend’s First Name: I understand her desire to complicate the picture, but here I feel that we reach the problem of being left “without definition,” so to speak, and while I don’t appreciate critiques that dismiss arguments as “not useful” or “not provable,” I think in this case the character and force of Barad’s argument itself becomes weak and unnecessarily ambiguous.
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Barad takes her inspiration from physicist Niels Bohrone of the founders of quantum physics. Objects don’t exist out there.
Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning
Please check the credit line adjacent to the illustration, as well as the front and back matter of the book for a list of credits. Resources in your library Resources in other libraries. 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. Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here.
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Views Read Edit View history. Subject and object or rather, the “agencies of observation” and the “object of observation” a This is one of the greatest philosophical books I have ever read.
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 meetinb we have a moral or ethical responsibility to that phenomenon.
In the process, she significantly reworks understandings of space, time, matter, causality, agency, subjectivity, and objectivity. Barad uses scientific ideas to clarify important axioms in social science and feminism. Known as a competent feminist critical theorist she is also an excellent quantum physicist. Her research topics inc Karen Michelle Barad born 29 Aprilis an American feminist theorist, known particularly for her theory of Agential Realism.
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. Much of Barad’s scholarly work has revolved around her concept of “agential realism,” and her theories hold importance for many academic fields, including science studiesSTS Science, Technology, and Societyfeminist technosciencephilosophy of science, feminist theoryand, of course, physics.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It’s a missing link tied with loose string. 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 coincident response-ability with “us”. Retrieved 20 February Oct 16, amelia added it Shelves: This book deals extensively with difficult issues in quantum physics, especially on the difference and incompatibility between and the ontological implications of Bohr’s complementarity and Heisenberg’s uncertainty.
This is one of the greatest philosophical books I have ever read. Plus, despite being about quantum physics, this is one of the clearest works of feminist theory I’ve read lately. But I think such dismissals would do an injustice to the creativity and passion of her efforts, and to such audiences’ own specialized fields. Looking forward to the rest One of the most impressive things about this book is her facility in each of these disciplinary modes of inquiry.
Nothing is inherently separate from anything else, but separations are temporarily enacted so one can examine something long enough to gain knowledge about it. It deserves wide analysis and discussion. Although “ethics” is mentioned only a few times in the whole book, a major goal of the book is to rework responsibility and obligation which can no longer involve a relation to a radically exteriorized “other”.
Hence the book’s tagline: Meeting the Universe Halfway: