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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Her book, Meeting the Universe Halfwaybaarad, 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 ].

Al-Ghazali would refer to “dhawq,” fruitional experience, as a realm of knowledge above rationality.

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

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.

Indeed, the new philosophical framework that I propose entails a rethinking of “I propose ‘agential realism’ as an epistemological-ontological-ethical framework that provides an understanding of the role of human AND nonhuman, 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, and idealism against materialism.

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. In this volume, Karen Barad, theoretical physicist and feminist theorist, elaborates her theory of agential realism.


According to Barad, the deeply connected way that everything is entangled with everything else means that any act of observation makes a “cut” between what is included and excluded from what is being considered. As Barad reminds us, identities are always formed in intra-action.

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. But barac actually a good and very engaging book to read, especially for those interested in STS.

She is the author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Nov 16, Scott Neigh added it Shelves: I had to return this ebook to amazon because the formatting was so wonky entire chapters in italics, misplaced hyphens, terrible tables, etc. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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meetign Dec 07, Ewa Justka rated it liked it. While she makes the easy connection between material process and Judith Butler’s performativity theories, she avoids the distinction that such agential realism requires a human consciousness to perceive such distinctions. But it did not quite live up to my expectations.

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. I did not actually finish this book, but I read about pages of it and that felt like enough to justify rating it.

Offering an account of the world as a whole rather than as composed of separate natural and social realms, agential realism is at once a new epistemology, ontology, and ethics. 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. A little repetitive after the first chapters, I wish she would’ve taken her theory as far meetint 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.


Karen Barad draws on figures such as Judith Bulter, Donna Haraway, and Michel Foucault to investigate the ontological implications of the insights meetign quantum physics of Niels Bohr.

The opening section of the book is especially interesting for those of the quantum physics persuasion!! Quantum Baad and the Nature of Knowledge and Reality 97 4.

Sign up for Subject Matters email updates to receive discounts, new book announcements, and more. Barad gets points enough to bump her up.

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Hewing closely to a kind of ‘process’ view of reality, Barad’s self-termed ‘agential realism’ aims to displace the primacy of determinate ‘things’ all the better to consider how things become determinate in first place.

One of the most impressive things about this book is her facility in each of these disciplinary modes of inquiry.

Theoretical physicsfeminist theory. Her research topics include feminist theory, univerze, twentieth-century continental philosophy, epistemology, ontology, philosophy of physics, cultural studies of science, and feminist science studies. For book covers to accompany reviews, please contact the publicity department. Sep 16, Holly Simpson Fling rated it it was amazing. Not being satisfied with either deconstructivism or the correlationism this yields a way to talk about how matter affects without succumbing to essentialisms.