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) ยท April with

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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. Jul 06, Vinayak Suley rated it liked it.

Dec 28, Liesa is currently reading it. Meeting the Universe Halfway is a complete account of quantum physics viewed from a diffractive perspective and with an univerxe realist focus in mind. The devil’s in the details of course, and Barad is nothing if not stickler for the Satanic in this regard.

Wilson, Feminist Review Blog. Karen Barad provides an original and satisfying response to a perennial problem in philosophy and cultural theory: Online books Resources in your library Resources in other libraries.

As Deleuze kraen say, differentiation isn’t what happens to cytoplasm, rather cytoplasm contains all the differentials which create a given differentiation of a baby as a complete whole.

Those are two facts about my experience, I think they may be related – but can’t say for sure.

Oct 07, Ben Platt rated it it was amazing Shelves: I sincerely apologise to her fans, but as a scientist I couldn’t let this early career trauma sit with me silently any longer. If book has an editor that is different from the article author, include editor’s name also.

Naturalcultural Forces and Changing Topologies of Power 7. 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 and it has been taken up by various feminist scholars, supplementing her work.

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 justification.


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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. 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. And I now have a workable compatibility between special and general relativity theories and quantum mechanics.

This 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.

Jan 09, Daniel Sparwath rated it really liked it.

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

No trivia or quizzes yet. 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. Her methodological approach to “diffraction” rather than reflection was also appreciated as was her intellectually entertaining and lengthy Acknowledgements section. Indeed, the new philosophical framework that I propose entails a rethinking of fundamental concepts that support such binary thinking, including the notions of matter, discourse, causality, agency, power, identity, embodiment, objectivity, space, and time” 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.

Intra-activity is an inexhaustible dynamism that configures and reconfigures relations of space-time-matter.

I feel like this is what Liz Cullingford would so I did not actually finish this book, but I read about pages of it and that felt like enough to justify rating it. You must obtain permission directly from the owner of the image. 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. Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the rights to maps or other drawings.

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I don’t fault her for that. The book is a provocative, generative, contribution to our attempts to provide effective tools to describe and understand the rapidly changing world we are part of.

There’s also a fascinating, 2 or 3-page section toward the end of the book about the wholeness of the universe that was a highlight of the book. I really wanted to love this book, as someone with a background and aspiration in physics, philosophy, univeese moral cosmologies.


Rather than material construction determining how something exists directly, Barad’s take is that discursive practice formulates an apparatus that entangles materiality to determine what exists merting there”.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I’ve read her article “Meeting the Universe Halfway” and found that it covers the main theme of this book and her “agential realism” as well. Meeting the Universe Halfway: Spacetime Re con figurings: 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.

Apr 16, John rated it it was amazing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I learned a deep and abiding respect and embrace of Neils Bohr reading this book.

Barad serves on the advisory board for the feminist academic journals Catalyst: 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.

Taking too much time for a self-trained in physics like me. Barad is really good and very exciting diffractive reading! 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. 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”. If you’re a scientist, or someone with a scientific background, who wants to understand Feminism from a physicist feminist, this is the book for you!

Anyhow, I’ll update the review if I manage to trudge through this text and live to tell of it. Nov 24, Du Vaughn rated it it was amazing. Barad offers an interesting and stimulating perspective on the classical problem of ontology and subject-object relations within philosophy.

For this, Barad employs the term onto-epistemology.