Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The French absurdist concept of a philosophy or science dedicated to studying what lies beyond the realm of metaphysics, intended as a parody of the methods and theories of modern science and often expressed in nonsensical language.

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  • n. An absurdist philosophy or pseudoscience studying things "beyond" metaphysics

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French pataphysique, alteration of Greek ta epi ta metaphusika, the (works) after the metaphysics (pseudo-title of a work by Aristotle modeled on ta meta ta phusika, the (works) after the Physics, Aristotle's Metaphysics) : epi, after; see epi- + metaphusika, metaphysics; see metaphysics.

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French pataphysique, from Ancient Greek τά ἐπί τά μεταφυσικά, humorous alteration of the title of the work "Metaphysics" by Aristotle

Examples

  • * Jarry called it 'pataphysics, but I'm dropping his apostrophe here cause pataphysics is poncy enough in its own right without making it more so.

    Notes on Strange Fiction: The Pataphysical Quirk

  • But, going one step further with TOKYO! there is pataphysics, which is the science of imaginary solutions — something none of us can deny participating in.

    Buzzine » TOKYO!

  • On the back cover of this Davenport collection I came across the term "pataphysics" * for the first time, in a blurb describing Davenport as one of the world's foremost pataphysicians.

    Notes on Strange Fiction: The Pataphysical Quirk

  • Just wondering, though - you gave a bunch of texts using 'pataphysics' in some way, and then anticipated what I was thinking with the comment on pataphysics vs. postmodernism - what would you consider an explicitly postmodern text using pataphysics, as opposed to a modernist like Davenport?

    Notes on Strange Fiction: The Pataphysical Quirk

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  • Like Jarry's pataphysics, Baudrillard's universe is ruled by surprise, reversal, hallucination, blasphemy, obscenity, and a desire to shock and outrage.

    Jean Baudrillard

  • Thus, it is difficult to decide whether Baudrillard is best read as science fiction and pataphysics, or as philosophy, social theory, and cultural metaphysics, and whether his post-1970s work should be read under the sign of truth or fiction.

    Jean Baudrillard

  • In these works, Baudrillard seems to be taking his theory into the realm of metaphysics, but it is a specific type of metaphysics deeply inspired by the pataphysics developed by Alfred Jarry.

    Jean Baudrillard

  • Definition: pataphysics is the science of imaginary solutions, which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments (Jarry 1963: 131).

    Jean Baudrillard

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  • See 'pataphysics.

    December 14, 2008

  • Excellent! Glad to hear it, and another fine case of Wordiesleuthing. (Oh, oh, oh, oh...)

    May 12, 2008

  • Hey, Asativum, you're right. I've done some pataphysical research. My lyrics book has paraphysical and I found another online. I also found a couple of metaphysical online. So went to the sheet music which says pataphysical and played the track which sings pataphysical. . . science in the home, late night all alone with a test-tube oh oh, oh oh.

    May 12, 2008

  • I'm pretty sure Joan studied pataphysical science in the home, oh, oh, oh.

    May 11, 2008

  • Asativum, I thought she was studying paraphysics. Is that the same thing? Or is my imagination playing absurd tricks with me. Or maybe I'm just being a bit thick and missing some innuendo.

    May 11, 2008

  • What Joan studied in her home before an unfortunate encounter with Maxwell Edison.

    May 11, 2008

  • The science of imaginary solutions; the philosophy of the absurd.

    May 11, 2008