demiurgic


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dem·i·urge

 (dĕm′ē-ûrj′)
n.
1. A powerful creative force or personality.
2. A public magistrate in some ancient Greek states.
3. Demiurge A deity in Gnosticism, Manichaeism, and other religions who creates the material world and is often viewed as the originator of evil.
4. Demiurge A Platonic deity who orders or fashions the material world out of chaos.

[Late Latin dēmiurgus, from Greek dēmiourgos, artisan : dēmios, public (from dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots) + ergos, worker (from ergon, work; see werg- in Indo-European roots).]

dem′i·ur′geous (-ûr′jəs), dem′i·ur′gic (-jĭk), dem′i·ur′gi·cal (-jĭ-kəl) adj.
dem′i·ur′gi·cal·ly adv.
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Capuana implies that, in his portrayal of Aurispa, D'Annunzio has already shown us that the demiurgic ambitions of his self-deluding successors, Cantelmo and Effrena, are doomed to failure.
Though relatively, the demiurgic creator is a necessary being; therefore he cannot have simultaneously an eternal necessary consciousness and a temporal one, the created universe.
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But, it would have to be said, that such conceptions are not demiurgic ideas, much less innate, but rather only representations with which is established the communication with the mortal world that belongs to us.
The brothers' secluded position amid this chaos felt ambivalent: Did it imply scientific detachment or demiurgic transcendence?
Keats asserted even more clearly the shamanistic/ demiurgic dimension of the imagination (which is creative as if by magic), in a memorable letter in which he mentions his certainties in life, namely emotion, imagination, sensation, truth, beauty:
In a total subversion of roles, the subjects themselves administer demiurgic linguistic power.
This it does by inducing in these secondary motions an alteration of direction, thus persuading them to cooperate with its original purpose; but in so doing demiurgic action again indirectly sets up in other phenomena another series of motions unrelated to its intention, motions that are neither intelligent nor purposive, but accidental, random, and erratic.
Artificial evolution introduces humanity into an existential singularity of a demiurgic nature.
The demiurgic god rejected by modern atheists and (unhelpfully) embraced by some fundamentalist believers is an irrelevant distraction.
This naturalization, insofar as it inserted the law, the political constitution, and the language of a people into the all-encompassing natural way of things, allowed reentry through this side window of the universalism that had been expelled through the front door along with the demiurgic pretensions of reason.