Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Re: [Yasmin_discussions] Simulation, phenomena

I don't believe that the way Barad speaks about phenomena and the way phenomenology intends phenomena are similar. In fact, Barad discusses this topic in detail in "Meeting the Universe Halfway", where she affirms that her use of the term phenomenon, which she admits belonging to a specific philosophical tradition, indicates neither the thing in itself nor the thing as it is perceived (as in phenomenology), but the "intra-action" (a term with which she replaces "interaction" so as not run the risk of talking about relations between two pre-existing elements, like subject/object)of an object and the measuring agencies, which both emerge from intra-action. Phenomena in Barad's sense are real physical entities (which makes her a realist, not a constructionist) that nonetheless are not given as separate in advance. Surely, they do not pertain to perception as the faculty of an autonomous subject.
What follows is necessarily a post-humanist philosophy, about continuous mediations, hybrids, simulations, enactments and performances, whereas the phenomenon in phenomenology still belongs to a humanist philosophy that looks for correspondences between subjects and objects, still relying on a narrative of divisions (such as interiority/exteriority).


Yasmin_discussions mailing list

Yasmin URL: http://www.media.uoa.gr/yasmin

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: click on the link to the list you wish to subscribe to. In the page that will appear ("info page"), enter e-mail address, name, and password in the fields found further down the page.

HOW TO UNSUBSCRIBE: on the info page, scroll all the way down and enter your e-mail address in the last field. Enter password if asked. Click on the unsubscribe button on the page that will appear ("options page").

HOW TO ENABLE / DISABLE DIGEST MODE: in the options page, find the "Set Digest Mode" option and set it to either on or off.