Book review: Jean Baudrillard Pataphysics London: Institute of Pataphysics and Atlas Press. By JOSEPH NECHVATAL, AUG. The cultural philosopher. ‘Pataphysics or pataphysics (French: pataphysique) is a difficult to define literary trope invented .. The philosopher Jean Baudrillard is often described as a pataphysician and identified as such for some part of his life. American writer Pablo. JEAN BAUDRILLARD. PATAPHYSICS OF YEAR TRANSLATED BY CHARLES DUDAS. ORIGINALLY, L’ILLUSION DE LA FIN: OU LA GREVE.

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Of course this aim of creating an inorganic world, ex nihilo, and luxuriating in its rarefied artificiality, was not unique to Jarry.

Archived from the original on 9 January La gidouille is also a hot-air balloon, a nebulous or even a perfect sphere of knowledge — the intestinal sphere of the sun. Pataphysics is the highest temptation of the spirit.


Keeping the enemy confused or asleep is good in any attack. What we see here is a sabotage of life against death, an element that we find throughout the work of Elias Canetti, who, as we know, strongly influenced Baudrillard.

Yes, seduction is key, firstly the seduction of readers, but more generally, also, the seduction of the world. Baudrillafd said many years ago: This is by John Armitage: Paul Patton and Paul Foss translated him. Views Read Edit View history. I can present an example that will, I think, be telling. Even the recognition of this state, even the knowledge of farting and purity, and coitus, because nothing is serious He returned the world to itself exactly as it was given, as an enigma.

How can we teach a different practice? This is reserved for the rock, meat, blood, for pataphyaics which has weight. Must one kill oneself to prove it? Theory therefore has to grow out of the documentary genre, the non-fiction that is so close to the pataphyxics everyday that it flips into the hyperreal.


There is not even a means to be born or to die.

Jean Baudrillard Pataphysics

They were not theories so much as descriptions. If a soul doesn’t resist the emprise of volute, of spirals of imprinted vertigo, fixed at the moment of paroxystical tartufferie, when it is delivered to the sumptuous Ubu, whose smile renders everything to its sulfurous inutility and the freshness of latrines That is another thing.

Baudrillard makes swift reference to him in Pataphysics on page 7.

An intellectual friend, a pathway, a theorist who made of thought itself a faithful illusion of the sorcery of hyperreality, I mourn his death on this sad day by honoring the spirit of Jean Baudrillard. To provide psychological transitions, between the diverse assortments of irrational elements that supply the text its pataphysical hooks. At times the text simulates the disappearing ephemeral we associate with electronically provided information today on the internet, and the flickering of its translucent form.

Archived from the original on 26 July Fiction is not up to this task, maybe because our world is too weird, too many layers that one has to be at least a James Joyce clone in order to be credible.

This way of mind traveling is different from the hermeneutic approach in which you dig deeper and deeper into texts and meanings. Sometimes we are in time with each other and sometimes not. Baudrillard was such a free thinker because he was never concerned with the question: The pataphor may also be said to function as a critical tool, describing the world of “assumptions based on assumptions”—such as belief systems or rhetoric run amok.


And that recitation keeps turning back into one about stinking death, that strange, incurable and deeply irrational affliction.

How better to reinforce his iconic concepts of viral seduction, simulation, and hyperreality than this paradoxical presentation pataphyskcs the blatantly conservative with the imaginative far-out?

There is the revolt again death and an ironical play with it. In Baudrillafd we already relish an artificial Baudrillardian simulated world created by an hallucinatory social structure where shimmering objects decree in odd ways what people can and cannot do within the vast void of virtuality. He respected the technology too much, there was a sense of wonderment about it.

Theory should not end up in the self-help section. Pataphysics is the science of that which is superinduced upon metaphysics, whether within or beyond the latter’s limitations, extending as far beyond metaphysics as the latter extends beyond physics. Most infamous of all, perhaps, was his observation that the Persian Gulf War baudrrillard not take place.

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How do read his book The Symbolic Exchange and Death and related remarks on the death revolt at the moment when the author himself passes on?

In The Disappearance of Literature: The ventroloquicity ;ataphysics the bladder and lanterns is absolute. But where Zizek has a standard dialectical two-step he uses every time, with Baudrillard it was different. He showed me what to do when you were no longer a militant.