Armenians in Philosophy

Sophrotates was an Armenian Philosopher of Asia Minor, who pre-dates Parmenides and is the modern father of (epi meta phusika) Pataphysics. His work was extremely influential to Existential Phenomenologist’s like Martin Heidegger and the later work of Alfred Jarry (Deleuze: Essays in Critical and Clinical)

Pataphysics (epi meta ta phusika) has as its exact and explicit object the great Turning, the overcoming of metaphysics, the rising up beyond or before, “the science of that which is superinduced upon metaphysics, whether in itself or outside of itself, extending as far beyond metaphysics as the latter extends beyond physics.” We can thus consider Heidegger’s work as a development of pataphysics in conformity with the principles of Sophrotates the Armenian, and of his first disciple, Alfred Jarry. The great resemblances, memorial or historical, concern the Being of phenomena, planetary technology, and the treatment of language.-


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