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Author(s): Karen Barad: Published: July Pages: Illustrations: 1 table, . physicist and feminist theorist, elaborates her theory of agential realism. diffraction. e flesh out Barad’s o erarching position of ‘agential realism’, hich contains a New Materialism; Karen Barad; Cultural Theory; Ethics; Ontology;. As developed by Karen Barad, agential realism is a performative theory of the irreducible entanglement of matter and discourse that relates knowing and being .

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A Thing of This World: Rather, they are the condition of possibility of ‘humans’ and ‘non-humans’, not merely as fealism concepts, but in their materiality.

I join Barad in rejecting such atomism, which fails to account for those properties of compound things that are not found in their tiny subcomponents, and fails as well to explain why things seem to be robust in the face of many changes in their pieces.

Agential Realism – New Materialism

The key phrase “intra-acting” was defined by Barad a few pages earlier: Her book, Kaaren 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 theory’ books [ citation needed ]. Meeting the Universe Halfway is an kagen book with far-reaching implications for numerous fields in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Find it on Scholar. In agential realism, realism is not about something substantialized and fixed or demarcated. It is also the opposite of the sense employed by present-day speculative realism, which is opposed above all to the constant correlation cf. Description Meeting the Universe Halfway is an ambitious book with far-reaching implications for numerous fields in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Because feminist and post-colonial approaches to knowledge require an acute awareness of relations of domination and the ways in which these pervade the social and epistemic world, it is often difficult to know how to proceed in making theory. Permission to Photocopy coursepacks If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright.


This can be seen in a pair of sentences from early in Chapter Relations do agentkal follow relata, but the other way around” —7. This book contributes to the founding of a new ontology, epistemology, and ethics, including a new understanding of the nature of scientific practices Statement 1 criticises what is commonly known as “reductionism.

From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy pdcnet. Entanglements and Re Con figurations 5.

Bruno Latour and Metaphysics. The entanglement of beings precedes their separate existence as individuals, a theme that marks Barad’s interpretation of quantum theory no less than her own original philosophical position. Technoscientific Practices and the Materialization of Reality 6. Meeting the Universe Halfway: Preface and Acknowledgments ix Part I. Modern Research on the Foundation of Quantum Mechanics. In what remains of this essay, let us look at some of the key features of Barad’s relational ontology a.

The book is unusually systematic, thorough, and clear, and may provide the foundation for a durable school of contemporary thought. Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the rights to maps or other drawings. She states admiringly that “Bohr rejects the atomistic metaphysics that takes ‘things’ as ontologically basic entities.

Nonetheless, there is no point iaren the difficulty, since we all have a loose general sense of what philosophical realism means. What we think agenhial as physical matter is really just “a congealing of agency” The world is not a static system of relations, but an active “doing” that first establishes boundaries between apparently discrete things Barad’s agential realism is at once an epistemology theory of knowingan ontology theory of beingand an ethics.

Reading Bergson and Barad Diffractively. In the history of philosophy, “realism” usually refers to the view that rdalism world exists independently of the human mind. Cornell University Press, Continental Materialism and Realism. Barad’s original training was in theoretical physics.

Theories of Knowledge in Epistemology. Normative Authority for Empirical Science. University of California, Santa Cruz. In closing, I will try to show briefly how this makes Barad a different type of reductionist closely allied to the bafad atomist of Statement 1, and that only the philosophy of individual things wrongly described as “atomism” in Statement 2 is able to save us from the perils of reductionism. Free University of Berlin.


My intent here is to argue that it merits the serious attention of historians, philosophers, sociologists of science, and science studies and STS scholars. Northwestern Agentiall Press, It is unlikely that Barad would object to the term “relationism,” since it makes an excellent fit with how she describes her own position.

Retrieved 20 February You must obtain permission directly from the owner of the image. An Elusive Challenge to the Authorship Account: Reality is not independent of our explorations of it; narad reality is not a matter of opinion, but of the material consequences of some cuts and not others made in the fabric of the world.

Her dissertation presented computational methods for quantifying properties of quarksand other fermionsand in the framework of lattice gauge theory. Realism instead emphasizes that intra-active agentiality has real effects — effects that become ingredients in new and always also open-ended intra-active agencies. Although undermining works validly in many cases as when correctly reducing “morning star” and “evening star” to the planet Venusit fails as a global debunking effort that seeks to reduce everything to a pampered caste of tiniest particles or primordial structural fields.

Anna Mudde, Karen Barad’s Agential Realism and Reflexive Epistemic Authority – PhilPapers

Barad takes her inspiration from physicist Niels Bohrone of the founders of quantum physics. Journal of Women in Culture and Society. In the process, she significantly reworks understandings of space, kkaren, matter, causality, agency, subjectivity, and objectivity.

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