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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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Nonetheless, there is no point exaggerating the difficulty, since we all have a loose general sense of what philosophical realism means. Federica Timeto – – Poiesis and Praxis 8 Standpoint Epistemology Without the ‘Standpoint’.

Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge

New materialism, the ontological turn, the post-human — all are designations indicating theoretical developments born out of poststructuralist traditions.

Sign-in or register now to continue. Iris van der Tuin – – Hypatia 26 1: The so-called “linguistic turn” dominated much of twentieth-century philosophy, in both its analytic and continental variants. Quantum Physics and the Nature of Knowledge and Reality 97 4.

Naturalcultural Forces and Changing Topologies of Power 7. Undermining is the intellectual strategy launched by the pre-Socratics, those inventors of Western philosophy and barxd alike. On Schelling and Related Matters. Whereas “atomism” normally means just what Statement 1 says it means, Barad now uses a terminological sleight of hand to suggest that the belief in any individuals at all is itself a form of atomistic reductionism. According to Barad, the deeply connected way that everything is entangled with everything else means that any act of observation makes a “cut” between what is included and excluded from what is being considered.


Meeting the Universe Halfway 39 2.

Rhizomes 30 * Graham Harman * Agential and Speculative Realism: Remarks on Barad’s Ontology

Bohr rejects the atomistic metaphysics that takes ‘things as ontologically basic entities. Realism traditionally means, first and foremost, the view that a world exists independently of the mind.

Marianne Janack – – Hypatia 12 2: Even Barad’s feminism takes risks, as when the writings of Judith Butler are subjected to candid, if appreciative, critique. Agentiaal is a “dynamic process of intra-activity and materialization 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”.

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. Yet even if we confine ourselves to the purely ontological sense of the term, the polysemy continues: Please reealism permission requests for these images to permissions dukeupress.

Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. Cornell University Press, Here the object is treated not as too shallow to be the truth, but as too deep. Agfntial addition to Bohr, her work draws a great deal on the works of Michel Foucault and Judith Butleras demonstrated in her influential article in the feminist journal differences”Getting Real: These philosophers are said to have a realist ontology ” DeLanda, 4.

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Agential Realism – New Materialism

Reality is not ahential of our explorations of it; and 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. 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.


Meeting the Universe Halfway: The individuality of specific people and things 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. Yet this sort of autonomous status of the world is precisely not what Barad defends, as indicated by the subtitle of her book: Barad serves on the advisory board for the feminist academic journals Catalyst: Preface and Acknowledgments ix Part I.

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

Works Cited Barad, Karen. Technoscientific Practices and the Materialization of Reality. Let us return to Barad’s approach to the status of individual things, since I akren as someone who treats individuals as the core of philosophy. As for the phenomena, they “are forever being reenfolded and reformed” It is expressed clearly enough by Manuel DeLanda, one of the leading continental realists of our time: Your Friends Email Iaren Please check the credit line adjacent to the illustration, as well as the front and back matter of the book for a list of credits.

We know that “‘things don’t preexist; they are agentially enacted and become determinately bounded and propertied within phenomena”