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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Karen Barad data view theoretical physicist; b. Deliberating for Our Far Future Selves. Barax key phrase “intra-acting” was defined by Barad a few pages earlier: A Situated Critique of Representation.

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. Jeremy Cushing – unknown. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy pdcnet.

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Luca Ferrero – – Philosophical Psychology 16 4: Meeting the Universe Halfway 39 2. Karen Barad provides an original and satisfying response to a perennial problem in philosophy and cultural theory: Instead of “the representationalist belief in the power of words to represent pre-existing things Meeting the Universe Halfway is an ambitious book with far-reaching implications for numerous fields in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Moreover, I attempt to assert this in a way that is mindful of how her theory speaks to and accounts for my doing so. With Barad as with most philosophers, the devil is not in the details, but in the big categorical decisions from which all else follows. One of the most impressive things about this book is her facility in each of these disciplinary modes of inquiry.


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In what remains of this essay, let us look at some of the key features of Barad’s relational ontology a. Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

Agential Realism – New Materialism

Entanglements and Re Con figurations 5. By indicating that individual humans do not pre-exist the practices through which they are co-constituted by the rest of the world, this ontology also suggests the poverty of classic political liberalismwith its possible Thatcherite consequence that “society does not exist” and that only individual human voters and consumers are real.

Your Friends Email Address: It is expressed clearly enough by Manuel DeLanda, one of the leading continental realists of our time: Realism instead emphasizes that intra-active agentiality has real effects — effects agenntial become ingredients in new and always also open-ended intra-active agencies.

But perhaps the most notable feature of Meeting the Universe Halfway is the full-blown philosophical position that Barad calls “agential realism. Quantum Baad and the Nature of Knowledge and Reality 97 4.

View additional relism and download publicity materials. In this sense, Barad’s philosophy is an overmining theory that rashly sacrifices the explosive undercurrents belonging only to individual things, withdrawn from full expression in the world at any given moment. Bravers History of Continental Thought. Atomism hails from Democritus. For this reason, Barad scraps the term “language” in favor of “discourse,” though with some reservations concerning Foucault’s way of using the term —7.


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Yet, second, in order to explain how this landscape could ever be transformed, we are told of the undermining pre-individual fertility of a dynamic folding and unfolding cosmos. That is, both accounts honor the nature-culture binary to different degrees ” Barad, —6. The key problem with Barad’s ontology is perhaps most visible in her ambiguous use of the term “atomism,” a concept she disdains even while mixing two entirely different claims under its aegis.

Wim de Muijnck – – Philosophical Explorations 14 3: The so-called “linguistic turn” dominated much of twentieth-century philosophy, in both its analytic and continental variants.

For Barad, phenomena or objects do not precede their interaction, rather, ‘objects’ emerge through particular intra-actions. In this section, the heart of her philosophical position is made lucidly visible. For example, the arch-idealist George Berkeley is often called a realist in the epistemological sense of a “direct realist,” meaning that he believes in a direct access to reality unmediated by representations.