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Emergent Realities: Diffracting Barad within a quantum-realist ontology of matter and politics

Everth, Thomas and Gurney, Laura (2022) Emergent Realities: Diffracting Barad within a quantum-realist ontology of matter and politics. [Preprint]

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One of the most influential contemporary authors of the new materialist turn in the social sciences is Karen Barad. Barad’s work in agential realism, based on her interpretations of quantum physics, has been widely cited within a growing body of new materialist publications. However, in translating Barad’s assertions into social domains, there has been increasing critical appraisal of the physics underlying her work and its relationship with non-quantum domains. In this paper, we contribute to this discussion by exploring aspects of agential realism through quantum decoherence and quantum Darwinism. We explore implications for Barad’s metaphysics and the relationship of the social with the rest of the material world.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Everth, Thomasthomas.everth@gmail.com0000-0003-1929-2667
Gurney, Lauralaura.gurney@waikato.ac.nz
Keywords: Barad, agential realism, quantum Darwinism, quantum decoherence, new materialism
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Science and Society
Depositing User: Mr Thomas Everth
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2022 17:40
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2022 17:40
Item ID: 20754
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Science and Society
Date: 16 June 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20754

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