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n. (used with a sing. verb)
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.

[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.]

pa′ta·phys′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.


(General Physics) the study of what lies beyond metaphysics; the philosophy of the absurd
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Ballard's Politics: Late Capitalism, Power, and the Pataphysics of Resistance
In this context, Alfred Jarry's pataphysics was based precisely on the idea that the universe is the exception, not the rule, and so the science of pataphysics was meant as an exploration of "the laws governing exceptions," i.
The translation differs in crucial respects from the existing one by Eglington in that it relies on a keen appreciation of Leroux's modernism and, in particular, on an appreciation of Leroux's intertextual play with the sign of Ubu in relation to urModernist Alfred Jarry's concept of pataphysics, among other features.
His work has or soon will appear in Barrow Street, Best American Poetry, New American Writing, Lit, Jacket, Columbia Review, Pataphysics, Zeek, Black Clock, Scripsi, Shofar, Mipoesias, Boundary 2, Columbia Review, American, Letters and Commentary, Another Chicago Magazine, Paterson Review, Eoagh, Coconut, Zen Monster, Poetry New York, Mudfish, Tygerburning, Poetry Project Newsletter, Appearances, Bowery Poetry Club, Brooklyn Rail, Voices Israel, Literature around the Globe, Critiphoria, professional Studies, Marsh Hawk Review, and the edited volumes, Tribe of John, Burning Interiors, Reading the Difficulties, The Contemporary Narrative Poem, The New promised Land: Anthology of Contemporary Jewish-American Poetry, and elsewhere.
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Her and There": "Consciousness", explained More Pataphysics, rigid with emotion.
Jarry was the creator of "pataphysics," or "the science of imaginary solutions," about which Vian asserted that "one of the fundamental principles of pataphysics is equivalency.
Hasan's own text weaves its way through pataphysics, surrealism, Kafka, existentialism, literature, Genet and Beckett.
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Jarry-style pataphysics, or the science of "imaginary solutions," simply comes at the problem from the other direction, from deep within the mirror of impressions.
And, save for a brief entry on Pataphysics, those avant-garde authors--principally French and strongly under the influence of structuralism--who sought to make literature itself into a kind of science are barely mentioned.
Taylor is the curator of the retrospective exhibition and accompanying catalog, Thomas Chimes: Adventures in Pataphysics held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in February-May 2007.