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Karen Barad’s Quantum Ontology and Posthuman Ethics: Rethinking the Concept of Relationality

de Freitas, E (2017) Karen Barad’s Quantum Ontology and Posthuman Ethics: Rethinking the Concept of Relationality. Qualitative Inquiry, 23 (9). pp. 741-748. ISSN 1077-8004

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Abstract

This article focuses on Karen Barad’s quantum ontology and her attempts to reformulate the concept of relationality. The aim is to show how Barad’s work articulates a new kind of empiricism for the social sciences, by reclaiming the creative and speculative force of experimental practice and by recentering the philosophical problem as a source of inquiry. Relationality is redefined through discussions of diffractive apparatus, more-than-human performativity, and the “polymorphous perversity” of the matter-meaning mixture.

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