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'Pataphysics (French: 'pataphysique{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}) is an absurdist, pseudo-scientific literary trope invented by French writer Alfred Jarry (1873–1907), that enigmatically resists being pinned down by a simple definition.<ref>[1] Shattuck, Roger. “Introduction”. Jarry, Alfred. Exploits & Opinions of Doctor Faustroll, Pataphysician. A Neo-Scientific Novel. Exact Change Boston (1996) page ix</ref> One attempt at a definition might be to say that ‘pataphysics is a branch of philosophy or science that examines imaginary phenomena that exist in a world beyond metaphysics; it is the science of imaginary solutions.<ref>American Heritage Dictionary entry at Dictionary.com</ref> It is a concept expressed by Jarry in a mock-scientific manner with undertones of spoofing and quackery, in his fictional book Exploits & Opinions of Doctor Faustroll, Pataphysician, in which Jarry riddles and toys with conventional concepts and interpretations of reality.<ref>[2] Shattuck, Roger. “Introduction”. Jarry, Alfred. Exploits & Opinions of Doctor Faustroll, Pataphysician. A Neo-Scientific Novel. Exact Change Boston (1996) page ix and page 21</ref> Another attempt at a definition interprets ‘pataphysics as an idea that “the virtual or imaginary nature of things as glimpsed by the heightened vision of poetry or science or love can be seized and lived as real.”<ref>[3] Shattuck, Roger. “Introduction”. Jarry, Alfred. Exploits & Opinions of Doctor Faustroll, Pataphysician. A Neo-Scientific Novel. Exact Change Boston (1996) page ix</ref> Jarry defines 'pataphysics in a number of statements and examples, including that it is "the science of imaginary solutions, which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments".<ref name=jarrydef>Jarry 1996, p.21.</ref>

A practitioner of 'pataphysics is a pataphysician or a pataphysicist.


'Pataphysics sections
Intro   Definitions    Etymology    History    Concepts    Pataphysical calendar    Influences   Pataphor   See also    References    External links   

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