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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.


(ˈdɛmɪˌɜːdʒ; ˈdiː-) or


1. (Philosophy)
a. (in the philosophy of Plato) the creator of the universe
b. (in Gnostic and some other philosophies) the creator of the universe, supernatural but subordinate to the Supreme Being
2. (Law) (in ancient Greece) a magistrate with varying powers found in any of several states
[C17: from Church Latin dēmiūrgus, from Greek dēmiourgos skilled workman, literally: one who works for the people, from dēmos people + ergon work]
ˌdemiˈurgeous, ˌdemiˈurgic, ˌdemiˈurgical adj
ˌdemiˈurgically adv


(ˈdɛm iˌɜrdʒ)

a. (in Platonism) the artificer of the world.
b. (in Gnostic and other systems) a subordinate supernatural being who created the world and is regarded as the creator of evil.
2. (in ancient Greece) a public official or magistrate.
[1590–1600; < Greek dēmiourgós artisan, public official =dḗmio(s) of the people (derivative of dêmos the people) + -orgos, akin to érgon work]
dem`i•ur′gi•cal•ly, adv.
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Noun1.demiurge - a subordinate deity, in some philosophies the creator of the universe
deity, divinity, god, immortal - any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
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In other words, the present scientific worldview is flawed, and should be replaced by a pataphysical one, for the following reasons: the mathematical laws found by modern science to govern nature are no longer "original," they do no longer possess the element of exception whereas Jarry believes that reality in itself, as it really is, is made only of exceptions in infinite numbers, consisting as it were of endless originality, hence the need of pataphysics as the science of exceptions, to be used only by common sense, since it is the only one elastic and demiurgically strong enough to make sense of a reality wherein all is exception.
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That is, the multiple levels of reality (online/offline, onscreen/offscreen, symbolic/ material, subjective/objective, epistemic/ontic, agential/structural, actual/empirical, etc) demiurgically penetrate each other, co-emerge, co-exist, and co-evolve in a highly undecidable, pluralistic, synergetic (mutually constitutive) and dynamic/nonlinear way (see Woolgar 2002).