złośliwość rzeczy martwych the malice of inanimate objects; the (natural) perversity of inanimate objects; resistentialism; things are against us

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Definition / notes:"The Malice of Inanimate Objects" is the title of a 1933 essay by M.R. James.
"Resistentialism" is a term coined by Paul Jennings, who wrote in his 1950 essay "Report on Resistentialism": "Les choses sont contre nous. Things are against us. This is the nearest English translation I can find for the basic concept of Resistentialism."
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