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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A Situated Critique of Representation. A History of Continental Anti-Realism. Those who complain about this turn are often realists in the old-fashioned sense who tire of dealing with human access to the world and reapism eager to return to speculation on reality itself.

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

This leads to the strange result that, from Barad’s standpoint, someone who believes in the existence of tables and chairs as irreducible to their subcomponents—such as me see Harman, The Quadruple Object —and someone who thinks that tables and chairs are ontological frauds that must be eliminated in favour of the simplest physical particles of which they are built—such kaen Peter barqd Inwagen see van Inwagen, Material Beings —are both adherents of “atomism.

In this volume, Karen Barad, theoretical physicist and feminist theorist, elaborates her theory of agential realism. 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. Sign-in or register now to continue.

The entanglement of beings precedes their separate existence as individuals, a theme that marks Barad’s interpretation of quantum theory no less than her own original philosophical position. 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.


Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. Cornell University Press, Indeed, there is at least one key point of agreement between Barad’s agential realism and the object-oriented variant of speculative realism. Meillassoux wishes to emphasize that it is “work in progress.

There is a “dynamic process of intra-activity and materialization Barad’s agential realism is at once an epistemology theory of knowingan ontology theory of beingand an ethics.

It is expressed clearly enough by Manuel DeLanda, one of the leading continental realists of our time: This has always been the basic research program of physics and has led to tension including accusations of “physics envy” with practitioners in sciences such as chemistry who deal with higher-level beings such as molecules, not to mention the even more macroscopic realities covered by geology, biology or sociology. 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.

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Karen Barad

Retrieved from ” https: Continental philosophy Materialism [1] Feminism. This is an important, ambitious, readable, risk-taking, and very smart book, one to savor and grow with. Commentary on Lawlor’s “Elusive Reasons”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Theoretical physics kwren, feminist theory.

Thus, apparatuses, which produce phenomena, are not assemblages of humans and nonhumans as in actor-network theory.

Note that Barad’s turn to performativity and discourse amounts to an ontological claim that no separation exists between humans and things, but that everything co-constitutes everything else. Indeed, the new philosophical framework that I propose entails a rethinking of fundamental concepts that support Please direct permission requests for these images to permissions dukeupress.


This is not the case for the “agential realism” of Karen Barad, one of whose features is the view that entities emerge from their interactions rather than pre-existing them. Spacetime Re con figurings: 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.

A Speculative Analysis of the Meaningless Sign. Journal article Plauborg, H. For this reason, it would ultimately be unfair to call Barad a “correlationist,” though quite fair to call her a “relationist” in the same sense that this term applies to both Alfred North Whitehead and Bruno Latour see Harman Networks.

Agential Realism – New Materialism

I doubt that Barad overstates the case, since if one were to accept her ontology, there would indeed be significant consequences in all of these areas. 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.

Undermining is the intellectual strategy launched by the pre-Socratics, those inventors of Western philosophy and science alike. Because specific practices of mattering have ethical consequences, excluding other kinds of mattering, onto-epistemological practices are bzrad in turn onto-ethico-epistemological.

With Barad as with most philosophers, the devil is not in the details, but in the big categorical decisions from which all else follows.