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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Chaosmos, a portmanteau of chaos and cosmos, is a term coined by James Joyce in Finnegans Wake, later taken up by Deleuze and Guattari and Umberto Eco (in The Aesthetics of Chaosmos, 1989). The term combines disorder and order.

Because, Soferim Bebel, if it goes to that, (and dormerwindow 18
gossip will cry it from the housetops no surelier than the writing 19
on the wall will hue it to the mod of men that mote in the main 20
street) every person, place and thing in the chaosmos of Alle 21
anyway connected with the gobblydumped turkery was moving 22
and changing every part of the time: the travelling inkhorn 23
(possibly pot), the hare and turtle pen and paper, the continually 24
more and less intermisunderstanding minds of the anticollabora- 25
tors, the as time went on as it will variously inflected, differently 26
pronounced, otherwise spelled, changeably meaning vocable 27
--Finnegans Wake

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