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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Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge

Even if we ignore the vastly different meanings of “realism” in politics, mathematics and literature, the strictly philosophical uses of the term already seem to be scattered across the map.

An Elusive Challenge to the Authorship Account: She abhors “the analytical stalemate that simply calls for recognition of agentia, mediated access to the world and then rests its case” Please direct permission requests for these images to permissions dukeupress. Meeting the Universe Halfway: Meeting the Universe Halfway 39 2.

The notion of intra-action is a key element of my agential realist framework. Yet it is quite possible to summarise the basic features of the books ontology in several paragraphs, as in fact we have just done.

Reality is not independent 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. That is, aential accounts honor the nature-culture binary to different degrees ” Barad, —6. Joseph Rouse – – Hypatia 19 1: Barad’s professional competence in physics allows her to swim in waters where others in the humanities might not dare to wade—noteworthy here is her well-developed case for Niels Bohr as a key figure in twentieth century philosophy and not just physics.

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Her dissertation presented computational methods for quantifying properties of quarksand other fermionsand in the framework of lattice gauge theory.

Agential Realism – New Materialism

Lest this sound like too extreme a portrayal of her position, the reader is reminded of this passage: What we think of as physical matter is really just “a congealing of agency” Normative Authority for Empirical Science.

Indeed, the new philosophical framework that I propose entails a rethinking of fundamental concepts that support For book covers to accompany reviews, please contact the publicity department. Barad’s original training was in theoretical physics. For this reason, according to Barad, agential realism is useful for any kind of feminist analysis, even if the connection to science is not apparent. This view of knowledge provides a framework for thinking about how culture and habits of thought can make some things visible and other things easier to ignore or to never see.

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The complex interaction among multiple forces discursive, material, political and a range of agentiial 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. Nonetheless, there is no point exaggerating the difficulty, since we all have a loose general sense of what philosophical realism means.

Agential Realism – New Materialism

Preface and Realiam ix Part I. As Barad reminds us, identities are always formed in intra-action. Rather, they are the condition of possibility of ‘humans’ and ‘non-humans’, not merely as ideational concepts, but in their materiality.


Title of the journal article or book chapter and title of journal or title of book 3. 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.

This book contributes to the founding of a new ontology, epistemology, and ethics, including a new understanding of the nature of scientific practices Grant, Bruno, and Radical Philosophy. If book has reakism editor that is different from the article author, include editor’s name also.

For one of the key features of correlationism one retained even by Quentin Meillassoux, who is ostensibly the arch-opponent of correlationism is its ultimately Cartesian notion that the world is split into two kinds of entities: Although undermining works validly in many cases as when correctly reducing “morning star” and “evening star” to the planet Venusit fails as a global debunking effort that seeks to reduce everything to a pampered caste of tiniest particles or primordial structural fields.

The Role of Philosophy in Metaphilosophy. One of the most impressive things about this book is her facility in each of these disciplinary modes braad inquiry.