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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Self-Knowledge, Misc in Philosophy of Mind. It is expressed clearly enough by Manuel DeLanda, one of the leading continental realists of our time: Duke University Press, Here the object is treated not as too shallow to be the truth, but as too deep. In post-human and new materialist thinking, matter is instead regarded as always already entangled with discourse in the enactment of phenomena; a point that Karen Barad and agential realism emphasizes with the conceptualization of onto-epistemology.

Morton – – Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 4: Luca Ferrero – – Philosophical Psychology 16 4: The problem with this sort of theory, which we can designate with the term “overmining,” is that by stripping individuals of all cryptic character, by making them nothing more than what they accessibly are here and now, we deprive them of any unexpressed reservoir that might lead to future change. But Barad’s Statement 2 goes well beyond a complaint about a reduction to smallest entities and flatly denies that there are individual entities at all.

Nothing is inherently separate from anything else, but separations are temporarily enacted so one can examine something long enough to gain knowledge about it.

Views Read Edit View history. But perhaps the most notable feature of Meeting the Universe Halfway is the full-blown philosophical position that Barad calls “agential realism. Everyday objects such as tables, chairs, horses, and trees are not to be taken seriously, but must be reduced to the simpler root from which they all come. Karne practices and consequences are intrinsic to the web.


The individuality of specific people and agentiial does not pre-exist their intra-action, but is carved out of “the inherent ontological and semantic indeterminacy” to yield an exteriority within phenomena rather than outside them. Meillassoux wishes to emphasize that it is “work in progress. Barad takes her inspiration from physicist Niels Bohrone of the founders of quantum physics.

A History of Continental Anti-Realism. Meeting the Universe Halfway 39 2. Rdalism in your library Resources in other libraries.

Yet, second, in order to explain how this landscape could ever be transformed, we are told of the aegntial pre-individual fertility of a dynamic folding and unfolding cosmos.

As Barad reminds us, identities are always formed in intra-action.

Sign-in or register now to continue. This complaint is not just a matter of nitpicking Barad’s use of the word “atomism. Meeting the Universe Halfway: In this book Karen Barad puts her expertise in feminist studies and quantum physics to superb use, offering agential realism as an important alternative to representationalism.

Atomism hails from Democritus. What we think of as physical agrntial is really just “a congealing of agency” Naturalcultural Forces and Changing Topologies of Power 7. Technoscientific Practices and the Materialization of Reality 6. By undermining and overmining individual things simultaneously, duomining a tendency that encompasses most Western philosophy and science succeeds only in securing a twofold reductionism, while eliminating the true protagonist of philosophy: A Speculative Analysis of the Meaningless Sign.

Baard approach lives on today in the more sophisticated quest of karn physics, and in certain recent philosophers who prefer the flux of the pre-individual to the determinate outlines of individual things Gilbert Simondon is a fine example.

Agential Realism – New Materialism

Yet this sort of autonomous status of the world is precisely not what Barad defends, as indicated by the subtitle of her book: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics. Bohr overshoots his mark and places the human not merely back in the picture where she or he belongs, but at the center of all that is” Even Barad’s feminism takes risks, as when the writings of Judith Butler are subjected to candid, if appreciative, critique.


If book has an editor that is different from the article author, include editor’s name also. As for the phenomena, they “are forever being reenfolded and reformed” The complex interaction among multiple forces discursive, material, political and a range of other forces forming the social and the subjective, as Michel Foucault emphasized with his conceptualization of the dispositif the apparatusspawns and reconfigures in the new materialist and post-human thinking.

You must obtain permission directly from the owner of the image. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Why then does Barad call herself an agential realist?

Online books Resources in your library Resources in other libraries. This could be some physical element maren, air, fire or multiple elements mixed by love and hateit could be some pre-objective and pre-individual lump able to become and raelism all things the famous apeiron of Anaximander and othersor it could be atoms of various shapes and sizes swirling through the void and forming compound things Leucippus and Democritus.

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This aspect of Barad’s thought puts her at odds with the more traditional concept of realism found among the speculative realists. As the author puts it:.

It deserves wide analysis and discussion.

Create reakism reading list or add to an existing list. This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat This book contributes to the founding of a new ontology, epistemology, and ethics, including a new understanding of the nature of scientific practices