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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Known as a competent feminist critical theorist she is also an excellent quantum physicist.

Karen Barad

The most interesting part for me, someone with little physics background, was the discussion of the quantum eraser experiment, which is truly mind-blowing. Barad’s description of agential realism is interesting but, like those it argues against, it remains an idea.

She was able to get this literary entity past editorial staff – which deserves kudos Yes, it is mind-boggling and YES it has great implications for epistemology and ontology in any subject area.

The background, historical and theoretical notions that this book is based on underline and structure the field’s most important questions and Karen Barad analyzes and dissects them from an epistemological, ontological and ethical point of view.

A work, moreover, that promised to rethink and reconceptualize our ideas of “space, time, matter, dynamics, agency, structure, subjectivity, objectivity, knowing, intentionality, discursivity, performativity, entanglement and ethical engagement. Also, given the fundamental nature of the author’s arguments, she shies away from using analogies which, though understandable, removes a useful tool from an author’s utility belt.

The devil’s in the details of course, and Barad is nothing if not stickler for the Satanic in this regard. 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.

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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”.

Still, univerwe critique to answer to is that although the author states that this book is understandable b Meeting the Universe Halfway is a complete account of quantum physics viewed from a diffractive perspective and with an agential realist focus in mind.

Trivia About Meeting the Unive Barad uses scientific ideas to clarify important axioms in social science and feminism. Oct 22, Laura Hellsten rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.


Meeting the Universe Halfway is a complete account of quantum physics viewed from a diffractive perspective and with an agential realist focus in mind.

Return to Book Page. University of California, Santa Cruz. This was definitely one of the best books on my feminist theory reading list. Still, one critique to answer to is that although the author states that this book is understandable by anyone, the language of choice is often a wooden one, rigid and filled with identical repetitions of the same overall concept, agential realism, that is itself presented as clear as possible since it is first mentioned. Meeting the Universe Halfway: Finally, Barad uses agential realism to produce a new interpretation of quantum physics, demonstrating that agential realism is more than a means of reflecting on science; it can be used to actually do science.

I’ll never again perceive anything the way I did before reading Barad. Al-Ghazali would refer to “dhawq,” fruitional experience, as a realm of knowledge above rationality.

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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.

Her dissertation presented computational methods for quantifying properties of quarks, and other fermions, and in the framework of lattice gauge theory. Karen Barad provides an original and satisfying response to a perennial problem in philosophy and cultural theory: Looking forward to the rest A work, moreover, that promised to rethink and rec 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.

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Dec 07, Ewa Justka rated it liked it. I sincerely apologise to her jniverse, but as a scientist I couldn’t let this early career trauma sit with me silently any longer. A human consciousness can provide an apparatus of measurement but the larger reality as a whole including consciousness provides conditions for knowing itself.

Her arguments about entanglement “we are all connected,” though a bit more complex than that is not wholly original, but her attempts to demonstrate its truth through thorough, step-by-step analyses of classic physics experiments does feel new and laudable. Create a reading list or add to an existing list.


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

One of the most important books of the 21st century. But it’s actually a good and very engaging book to read, especially for those interested in STS. Lists with This Book. Page numbers if excerpting, univegse specifics For coursepacks, please also note: Anyhow, I’ll update the review if I manage to trudge through this text and live to tell of it. We can outline it thus: I feel like this is what Liz Cullingford would somewhat disparagingly describe as a “Theory of Everything” book.

In her words, the agential cut has to do with distinguishing between the material affects of the apparatus of measurement in creating phenomenon.

According to Barad’s theory of agential realismthe universe comprises phenomena, which are “the ontological inseparability of intra-acting meeging. Here was the work of a physicist-cum-philosopher conversant in halfwsy ‘high-theory’ of post-structuralism no less than the intricacies of quantum theory, a writer of exceptional clarity at home in the fields of feminist theory no less than the philosophy and practice of science.

Spacetime Re con figurings: Jan 17, Kev rated it it was amazing Shelves: Library resources about Karen Barad. Dec 11, Lori Kelly rated it it was amazing. Subject and object or rather, the “agencies of observation” and halgway “object of observation” a This is one of the greatest philosophical books I have ever read. 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, continuity and discontinuity, here and there, past and future.

Apparatuses are ‘material-discursive’ in that they produce determinate meanings and material beings while simultaneously excluding the production bwrad others. Not only subjects but also objects are permeated through and through with their entangled kin; the other is not just in one’s skin, unicerse in one’s bones, in one’s belly, in one’s heart, in one’s nucleus, maren one’s past and future.

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