the study of a realm beyond that of metaphysics: a notion devised by French absurdist writers as a parody of modern science
noun(used with a sing. verb)
The French absurdist concept of a philosophy or science dedicated to studying what lies beyond the realm of metaphysics, intended as a parody of the methods and theories of modern science and often expressed in nonsensical language.
Origin of pataphysicsFrench pataphysique, alteration of Greek ta epi ta metaphusika, the (works) after the metaphysics (pseudo-title of a work by Aristotle modeled on ta meta ta phusika, the (works) after the Physics, Aristotle's Metaphysics) : epi, after; see epi– + metaphusika, metaphysics; see metaphysics.
French pataphysique, from Ancient Greek τά ἐπί τά μεταφυσικά (ta epi ta metaphusika), humorous alteration of the title of the work "Metaphysics" by Aristotle