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nulliverse (plural nulliverses)
- (philosophy) The world, regarded as having no rationality or rules.
- 1882 April, James, William, “On Some Hegelisms”, in Mind, volume VII, number 1, page 192:
- If the world cannot be rational in my sense, in the sense of unconditional surrender, I refuse to grant that it is rational at all. It is pure incoherence, a chaos, a nulliverse, to whose haphazard sway I will not truckle.
- 1909, James, William, A Pluralistic Universe: Hibbert Lectures to Manchester College on the Present Situation in Philosophy, Longmans, Green, and Company, page 68:
- If rationality be in it at all, it must be in it throughout ; if irrationality be in it anywhere, that also must pervade it throughout. It must be wholly rational or wholly irrational, pure universe or pure multiverse or pure nulliverse ; and reduced to this violent alternative, no one's choice ought long to remain doubtful.
- 2004, Donald Gardner and Suzanne Jill Levine (tr.), Three Trapped Tigers, Dalkey Archive Press, translation of Tres Tristes Tigres by Guillermo Cabrera Infante, published 1967, page 480:
- ... one of the infinite seas that swim in a bubble of a phenomenal ocean where there are no longer any stars because the stars have lost their name: the nulliverse, and wondering if Bustrófedon's sentity was expanding multiversally, ...
- 2012, Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow, The Rapture of the Nerds, Tor Books, page 291:
- And Huw is abruptly ejected from whatever pocket nulliverse the Prophet’s fifth column have installed in the lobby of the virtual Tripoli Mariott, to a destination even more profoundly alienating than the cloud itself.