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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I don’t fault her for that. Which leaves this lingering question uncomfortably evaded. Thus, apparatuses, which produce phenomena, are not assemblages of humans and nonhumans as in actor-network theory.

Karen Barad provides an original and satisfying response to a perennial problem in philosophy and cultural theory: Her book, Meeting the Universe Halfway, 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 mreting books [ citation needed ].

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. Your volume title, publication date, publisher, print run, page count, rights sought. This was definitely one of the best books on my feminist theory reading list.

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The number of copies requested, the school and professor requesting For reprints and subsidiary rights, please also note: If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright. Jan 17, Kev rated it it was amazing Shelves: Her dissertation barav computational methods for quantifying properties of quarks, and other fermions, and in the framework of lattice gauge theory. Barad explicitly states that diffraction is the nature of her methodological approach, but, while some scholars do a wonderful job of writing similarly with many nuances, puzzles, and intellectual meanderings along the way I think of Talal Asad or Gil Anidjarit is very hard for me to appreciate Kren on that level.


Published June 20th by Duke University Press first published Am now waiting on the paperback because this book seems extraordinary and Barad intelligently talks about so many of my enthusiasms: 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.

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I did not actually finish this book, but I read about pages of it and that felt like enough to justify rating it. Though I do agree that she is a bit too repeatetive and leaves some very important questions still open and undefined. In explaining intra-activity, Barad reveals questions about how nature and culture interact and change over time to be fundamentally misguided.

I have no doubts that the author has a brilliant mind, but Meting don’t find her style very inviting; in fact I’d go far as to say that this has replaced “Principles of Color Technology” as the hardest-to-read-but-probably-worth-reading book on my ths shelf. View additional images and download publicity materials. View author and book videos on our YouTube channel.

There’s meeeting a fascinating, 2 or 3-page section toward karren end of the book about the wholeness of the universe that was a highlight of the book.

Similarly, I found her extension from Bohr’s notion of “phenomena,” of intra-actions being the ontological reality, rather than there existing some pre-existing reality, thought-provoking and nuanced. While I’ve papered over some of the more ‘philosophical’ considerations in this review, rest assured that if you like your Foucault, your Butler, your Donna Haraway, or your Ian Hacking, there’s plenty of that in here too.

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In other words, we take our familiar human account as the basis for determining what is out there. Preface and Acknowledgments ix Part I. Retrieved 20 February Open Preview See a Problem?


Here was the work of a physicist-cum-philosopher conversant in the ‘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. If it is diffractive methodology, it’s across the infinite and headache-inspiring space between parallel mirrors, the stuff of Borges, perhaps, but not this. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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! Lists with This Book.

Views Read Edit View history. While intuitively we understand this in pop explanations as “point of view” she radicalizes this account by extending it into the formal fields of post-structural philosophy and quantum physics.

Sign up for Subject Matters email updates to receive discounts, new book announcements, and more. One of the most impressive things about this book is her facility in karem of these disciplinary modes of inquiry. Barad takes her inspiration from physicist Niels Bohrone of the founders of quantum physics. While science is suspect to conception theoriesBarad want show that what’s at stake in agential realism is that 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.

Meeting the Universe Halfway 39 2. Although “ethics” is mentioned only a few times in the whole book, a major goal of the book is unierse rework responsibility and obligation which can no longer involve a relation to a radically exteriorized “other”.

In the process, she significantly reworks understandings of space, time, matter, causality, agency, subjectivity, and objectivity. Your Friend’s First Name:

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