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) · April with

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

Technoscientific Practices and the Materialization of Reality. The argument is interesting and her use of quantum physics to try to prove it more so, but the question lingers: I really do want to read this book since I’ve heard so much praise for it, but it’s turning into a major chore.

For Barad, phenomena meetibg objects do not precede their interaction, rather, ‘objects’ emerge through particular intra-actions. Karen Barad draws on figures such as Judith Bulter, Donna Haraway, and Michel Foucault to investigate the ontological implications of the insights in quantum physics of Niels Bohr.

Your Friend’s First Name: Not being satisfied with either deconstructivism or the correlationism this yields a way to talk about how matter affects without succumbing to essentialisms. Subject and object or rather, the “agencies of meetinh and the teh of observation” are not independently existing individuals, but exists on in their “intra-action.

Meeting the Universe Halfway 39 2. Be the first to ask a question about Meeting the Universe Halfway. Nevertheless, a superb and helpful read for anyone willing to dive into the deepest essence of things on his or her own, a true quantic catalyzer.


In this book, Barad also argues that ‘agential realism,’ is useful to the analysis of literature, social inequalities, and many other things. Paperback2nd printingpages.

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Objects don’t exist out there. Taking too much time for a self-trained in physics like me.

The most fascinating aspect of the book is its emphasis on ethics. 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 halfwaj no longer involve a relation to a radically exteriorized “other”.

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Her methodological lessons from the diffraction of light and her convincing interpretations of familiar puzzles and recent experimental results in quantum physics also display how science and science studies can genuinely learn from one another. 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.

She has a doctorate in theoretical particle physics. It deserves wide analysis and discussion.

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 mean we have a moral or ethical responsibility to that phenomenon.

To ask other readers questions about Meeting the Universe Halfwayplease sign up. 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.

She doesn’t adhere to an inter ubiverse account of reality but rather mentions that the marks uhiverse an apparatus of measurement makes on existing bodies serves as the objective mark, one that is often itself registered in hqlfway of the agencies of observation. Those are two facts about my experience, I think they may be related – but can’t say for sure.


In this volume, Karen Barad, theoretical physicist and feminist theorist, elaborates her theory of agential realism. Your Friends Email Address: Nov 28, Alex Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves: Online books Resources in your library Resources in other libraries. However, this book merely comprises of fashionable concoctions of feminist jargon that miraculously crop up with her main buzzword Agential Realism so often and so iteratively as a deux ex machina – getting 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.

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Her ontology makes ethics a pervasive aspect of life. I’m not a scholarly reader and this book’s language is making for a very tough and slow read. Well, you did it as well as anybody possibly could have.

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. 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!