Elements of 'Pataphysics


An epiphenomenon is that which is superinduced upon a phenomenon.

'Pataphysics is the science of that which is superinduced upon metaphysics, whether or beyond the latter's limitations, extending as far beyond metaphysics as the latter extends beyond physics. Ex: an epiphenomenon being often accidental, 'pataphysics will be, above all, the science of the particular, despite the common opinion that the only science is that of the general. 'Pataphysics will examine the laws governing exceptions, and will explain the universe supplementary to this one; or, less ambitiously, will describe a universe which can be-- and perhaps should be-- envisaged in the place of the traditional one, since the laws that are supposed to have been discovered in the traditional universe are also correlations of exceptions, albeit more frequent ones, but in any case accidental data which, reduced to the status of unexceptional exceptions, possess no longer even the virtue of originality.

DEFINITION. 'Pataphysics is the science of imaginary solutions, which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by there virtuality, to their lineaments.

-Alfred Jarry