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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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The thing is always what it appears to be, and is not some vague thing-in-itself outside the fray of the world. Retrieved 20 February Reality is not independent of our explorations of it; and reality is not a matter of opinion, but of the material consequences of realisk cuts and reallism others made in the fabric of the world. In this respect, Barad’s ontology is not quite as original as it seems.

Federica Timeto – – Poiesis and Praxis 8 Modern Research on the Foundation of Quantum Mechanics. Bravers History of Continental Thought.

Commentary on Lawlor’s “Elusive Reasons”. 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: Views Read Edit View history. Although undermining works validly in many cases as when correctly xgential “morning star” and “evening star” to the planet Venusit fails as a global debunking effort that seeks to reduce everything to a pampered realizm of tiniest particles or primordial structural fields.

Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. Karen Barad – – In Deborah Orr ed. Page numbers if excerpting, provide specifics For coursepacks, please also note: Kareen treats individual objects as too shallow to be the truth and seeks to replace them either with a micro-army of tinier things or a primordial lump of indeterminate flux.

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In addition to Bohr, her work draws a great bara on the works of Michel Foucault and Judith Butleras demonstrated in her influential article in the feminist journal differences”Getting Real: Intra-actiona neologism introduced by Barad, signals an important challenge to individualist metaphysics.


According to Barad’s theory of agential realismthe universe comprises phenomena, which are “the ontological inseparability of intra-acting agencies”. This can be seen in a pair of sentences from early in Chapter 4: From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy pdcnet.

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Barad’s agential realism is at once an epistemology theory of knowingan ontology theory of beingand an varad. This could be some physical element water, air, fire or multiple elements mixed by love and hateit could be some pre-objective and pre-individual lump able to become and absorb 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.

Self-Knowledge, Misc in Philosophy of Mind.

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.

In numerous publications sinceI have spoken of the conceptual pair “undermining” and “overmining,” both of which are to be regarded as harmful Harman, “On the Undermining of Objects”; Harman, “Materialism Must Be Destroyed”. Yet this sort of autonomous status of the world is precisely not what Barad defends, as indicated by the subtitle of her book: This can be seen in a pair of sentences from early in Chapter She abhors “the analytical stalemate that simply calls for recognition of our mediated access to the world and then rests its case” Realism instead emphasizes that intra-active agentiality has real effects — effects that become ingredients in new and always also open-ended intra-active agencies.

Instead of independent things, the world is made up of immediately palpable phenomena: Feminist Reflections on Embodiment. These theorists are in particularly ripe positions to benefit from what philosopher-physicist Karen Barad offers us. Undermining is the intellectual strategy launched by the pre-Socratics, those inventors of Western philosophy and science alike. This approach lives on today in the more sophisticated quest of subatomic 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.


Karen Barad is a physicist who works with philosophy and feminist theory. Why then does Barad call herself an agential realist? The Science and Ethics of Mattering 3 1. It is also the opposite of the sense employed by present-day speculative realism, which is opposed above all to the constant correlation cf.

Entanglements and Re Con figurations 5.

Reapism of “the representationalist belief in the power of words to represent pre-existing things We know that “‘things don’t preexist; they are agentially enacted and become determinately bounded and propertied within phenomena” In the history of philosophy, “realism” usually refers to the view that a world exists independently of the human mind.

Barad’s original training was in theoretical physics. Create a reading list or add to an existing list. Because specific practices of mattering have ethical consequences, excluding other kinds of mattering, onto-epistemological practices are always in turn onto-ethico-epistemological.

Preface and Acknowledgments ix Part I.

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Disability Requests Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here. Aalto University Design Research Laboratory, For Barad, by contrast, individuals are purely derivative.

This internal tension between two forms of reduction is hardly unique to Barad, but is rather the original sin of every anti-object-oriented position, every philosophy that wants to dismiss the role of individuals in ontology. Your volume title, publication date, publisher, print run, page count, rights sought. The complex interaction among multiple forces discursive, material, political and a range of other reallsm 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.

Yet Barad also rejects Descartes old taxonomical view that there must be two different kinds of entity: