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

And one, happily, taken up with the relish and results equal to its ambition. Theoretical physicsfeminist theory. Dec 25, Hafsa rated it liked it Shelves: Hxlfway forward to the rest Which is not to say that emergence happens once and for all, as an event or as a process that takes place according to some external measure of space and of time, but rather that time and space, like matter and meaning, come into existence, are iteratively recon figured through each intra-action, there by making it impossible to differentiate in any absolute sense between creation and renewal, beginning and returning, bbarad and discontinuity, here and there, past and future.

There is so much more I can add, but I think this sums up what the book does and is about, enough for anyone who wants to read about this kind of stuff to pick it up.

Meeting the Universe Halfway 39 2. Jun 09, Alex rated it it was amazing. Barad earned her doctorate in theoretical physics at Stony Brook University. 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. It deserves wide analysis and discussion. Apr 26, Luther rated it it was amazing Shelves: I highly recommend this book. Naturalcultural Forces and Changing Topologies of Power 7.

Other than that, the author uses the underlying theoretical information as a given, presenting everything in perfect coherence and detailing its cause and effect entanglements on an individual level while a bit more care for the objective essence of things as well would have been lovely.

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. This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat 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. This is one of the greatest philosophical books I have ever read. She argues for a completely new way of looking at the world, which she calls “agential realism,” where the relationship preexists and constitutes the relata.


In addition to Bohr, her work draws a great deal on the works of Michel Foucault and Judith Butleras demonstrated in her influential article in the feminist journal differences”Getting Real: 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.

Karen Barad provides an original and satisfying response to a perennial problem in philosophy and cultural theory: Trivia About Meeting the Unive To ask other readers questions about Meeting the Universe Halfwayplease meteing up. Modern Research on the Foundation of Quantum Mechanics. Page numbers if excerpting, provide specifics For coursepacks, please also note: I read some of this for a course last term plus a bit more barzd that, but I haven’t come close to finishing it.

Univdrse I do agree that she is a bit too repeatetive and leaves some very important questions still open and undefined. One of the most important books of the 21st century. Anyhow, I’ll update the review if I manage to trudge through this text and live to tell of it.

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

For book covers to accompany reviews, please contact univegse publicity department. Intra-actiona neologism introduced by Barad, signals an important challenge to individualist metaphysics. In the process, she significantly reworks understandings of space, time, matter, causality, agency, subjectivity, and objectivity.

Paperback2nd printingpages. Halrway Barad data view theoretical physicist; b. The impossibility of being able to objectively account for everything is the problem that in the universe one mseting of it needs to be “lost” or in Zizek’s terms, less than nothing for the other part of the universe to be analyzed.

Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She doesn’t take phenomenon to be as opposed to noumenon in the Kantian sense but opposed to objects in the subject-object distinction. In this book, Barad also argues that ‘agential realism,’ is useful to the analysis of literature, social inequalities, and many other things. This is an important, ambitious, readable, risk-taking, and very smart book, one to savor and grow with.


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The Science and Ethics of Mattering 3 1. Barad’s attention to detail is convincing and her conclusions are compelling and fascinating. She provides an excellent overview of science studies. Feminism, Theory, Technoscience and Signs: Karen Michelle Barad born 29 Aprilis an American feminist theorist, known particularly for her theory of Agential Realism.

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.

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Sign up for Subject Matters email updates to receive discounts, new book announcements, and more. For this reason, according to Barad, agential realism is useful for any kind of feminist analysis, even if the connection to science is not apparent.

Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. Am now waiting on the paperback because this book seems extraordinary and Barad intelligently talks about so many of my enthusiasms: 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 “out there”.

Barad uses scientific ideas to clarify important axioms in social science and feminism. While science is mewting to conception theoriesBarad want show that what’s at stake in agential realism is meetnig our conception of the entire situation doesn’t simply highlight the terms of the concept but it also highlights the condition upon which we presume truth to be available.

In this book Karen Barad puts her expertise in feminist studies and quantum physics to superb use, univverse agential realism as an important alternative to representationalism.