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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Meeting the Universe Halfway is an ambitious book with far-reaching implications for numerous fields in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. In this volume, Karen Barad, theoretical physicist and feminist theorist, elaborates her theory of agential realism.

Offering an account of the world as a whole rather than as composed of separate natural and social Meeting the Universe Halfway is an ambitious book with far-reaching implications for numerous fields in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. 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.

In the process, she significantly reworks understandings of space, time, matter, causality, agency, subjectivity, and objectivity. Intra-activity is an inexhaustible dynamism that configures and reconfigures relations of space-time-matter. In explaining intra-activity, Barad reveals questions about how nature and culture interact and change over time to be fundamentally misguided.

Finally, Barad uses agential realism to produce a new interpretation of quantum physics, demonstrating that agential realism is more than a means of reflecting on science; it can be used to actually do science. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 20th by Duke University Press first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Meeting the Universe Halfway , please sign up. My main hesitation is Barad's influences from the philosophies of Bohr, a logical positivist who refused to discuss the implications of QM and instead insisted it was silly to even talk about what it "is" resulting in the Copenhagen Interpretation encouraging the "shut up and calculate" phase of modern physic, essentially decoupling it from philosophy.

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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 01, Christy rated it it was amazing Shelves: feminism-and-gender-studies , science-and-science-studies , readinglist3-femtheory , dissertation , physics. This was definitely one of the best books on my feminist theory reading list.

Barad's attention to detail is convincing and her conclusions are compelling and fascinating. Plus, despite being about quantum physics, this is one of the clearest works of feminist theory I've read lately.

Apr 16, John rated it it was amazing. This is one of the greatest philosophical books I have ever read. 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. She argues for a completely new way of looking at the world, which she calls "agential realism," where the relationship preexists and constitutes the relata.

Subject and object or rather, the "agencies of observation" and the "object of observation" a This is one of the greatest philosophical books I have ever read.

Subject and object or rather, the "agencies of observation" and the "object of observation" are not independently existing individuals, but exists on in their "intra-action. 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 can no longer involve a relation to a radically exteriorized "other".

Her ontology makes ethics a pervasive aspect of life. Indeed, she characterizes her work as a form of ethico-onto-epistem-ology, claiming that the three cannot be disentangled. 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.

The most interesting part for me, someone with little physics background, was the discussion of the quantum eraser experiment, which is truly mind-blowing. Science studies. Feminist theory. Race theory. Postcolonial theory. Post-Marxist theory. Poststructuralist theory. And Quantum mechanics. Probably the most gruelling book I have ever read on the topics.

You'll need a tremendously tough mind and exceedingly tender heart to read it--and finish it. Jan 12, Natalie Kilber rated it did not like it. 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.

She was able to get this literary entity past editorial staff - which deserves kudos 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.

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 past a paragraph is painful, let alone the scientific relevance is questionable or maybe just non-existent.

I sincerely apologise to her fans, but as a scientist I couldn't let this early career trauma sit with me silently any longer. May 26, Haris rated it really liked it. I really wanted to love this book, as someone with a background and aspiration in physics, philosophy, and moral cosmologies.

But it did not quite live up to my expectations. Barad gets points enough to bump her up. We need more scholarship like this, or at least in this vein, which does not shy away from breaking disciplinary boundaries. Her arguments about entanglement "we are all connected," though a bit more complex than that is not wholly original, but her attempts to demonstrate its truth through thorough, step-by-step analyses of classic physics experiments does feel new and laudable.

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. Her methodological approach to "diffraction" rather than reflection was also appreciated as was her intellectually entertaining and lengthy Acknowledgements section.

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

Or perhaps vacuous. 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 Anidjar , it is very hard for me to appreciate Barad on that level.

She repeats herself frequently to the point where her agential realist vocabulary, which once felt new and promising and exciting, begins to feel tiresome and empty, words only, jargon. She keeps pushing important questions to later chapters - especially chapter 7, whose detail and lack of repetition I regard as one of the most worthwhile pieces of the book - and while there is payoff sometimes , it is increasingly frustrating as a reader as the pages drag on. 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.

More deeply, I took great issue with her attempt to 1 "prove" an ontology, and, as well, to then, 2 based on this ontology, "prove" an ethics. To address each: 1 Drawing from Bohr, Barad argues that reality is the stuff of intra-actions, meetings between mutually constituting bodies in a non-causal world, rather than some external, preexisting thing to be observed, represented, or cleanly reflected.

The argument is interesting and her use of quantum physics to try to prove it more so, but the question lingers: How does one prove an ontology? Her argument assumes prima facie that ontology, epistemology, and semantics are entangled, constituting one another Which leaves this lingering question uncomfortably evaded.

Thus is the unresolvable dilemma of ontology at least for a logician Al-Ghazali would refer to "dhawq," fruitional experience, as a realm of knowledge above rationality. Barad's description of agential realism is interesting but, like those it argues against, it remains an idea. True, she contends that ideas are ultimately "marks on bodies," -- but I would say that that description in itself is also an idea; how would we even know what these marks were if we are all entangled?

I understand her desire to complicate the picture, but here I feel that we reach the problem of being left "without definition," so to speak, and while I don't appreciate critiques that dismiss arguments as "not useful" or "not provable," I think in this case the character and force of Barad's argument itself becomes weak and unnecessarily ambiguous.

She might view this as too humancentric a perspective Even if we recognize nonhuman entities as shaping our "humaness", that recognition is, perhaps, a human one. If there is a way out of this problem, I'm not sure an appeal to science and evidence, as Barad does in chapter 7 especially, is effective again, see Al-Ghazali ; in fact, this use of evidence seems to contradict her other challenges to empiricism in the first place.

My issue is the significant logical jump between B and C. 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.

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Meeting the Universe Halfway is an ambitious book with far-reaching implications for numerous fields in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. In this volume, Karen Barad, theoretical physicist and feminist theorist, elaborates her theory of agential realism. 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. In the process, she significantly reworks understandings of space, time, matter, causality, agency, subjectivity, and objectivity.

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Author: Karen Barad. Intra-activity is an inexhaustible dynamism that configures and reconfigures relations of space-time-matter. In explaining intra-activity, Barad reveals questions about how nature and culture interact and change over time to be fundamentally misguided. Finally, Barad uses agential realism to produce a new interpretation of quantum physics, demonstrating that agential realism is more than a means of reflecting on science; it can be used to actually do science.

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Barad earned her doctorate in theoretical physics at Stony Brook University. Her dissertation presented computational methods for quantifying properties of quarks , and other fermions , and in the framework of lattice gauge theory. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Karen Barad. Open Humanites Press.

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Feminism, Science, and the Philosophy of Science pp Cite as. The morning after giving an invited lecture on the socially constructed nature of scientific knowledge, I had the privilege of watching as a STM scanning tunneling microscope operator zoomed in on a sample of graphite, and as we approached a scale of thousands of nanometers… hundreds of nanometers… tens of nanometers… down to fractions of a nanometer, individual carbon atoms were imaged before our very eyes. How many times had I recounted for my students the evidence for the existence of atoms? And there they were — just the right size and grouped in a hexagonal structure with the interatomic spacings as predicted by theory!

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