Pangloss


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Pangloss

character who taught Candide “metaphysico-theologocosmolonigology.” [Fr. Lit.: Candide]
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Pangloss, Candide's tutor, a professor of metaphysico-theologo-cosmolonigology--in other words, abstract nonsense.
Noting that Pangloss has acquired a great deal of historical and philosophical information to no purpose, Mason regards him as "a hollow character," "doomed" obstinately "to plough the same furrow over and over until he dies" (80).
Pangloss," the reputation of Leibniz never quite recovered.
philosophically inclined tutor, Pangloss, puts forward the notion to his
One must cultivate ones's garden, said Voltaire, at the end of Candide's adventures with Dr Pangloss and the ravishing Cunegonde.
So begins the hero's Candidelike journey to enlightenment--and could he ever use a Pangloss to stretch his mind along the way.
A pesar de todos los sufrimientos y desventuras por las que el pobre pasa, a las que tambien se ve arrastrada su amada Cunegonde, y en las que aparece de un modo que no puede ser mas claro la imperfeccion del mundo, su lealtad hacia su maestro Pangloss (representante de la filosofia de Leibniz) es tan grande, que solo en la frase final del libro se atreve debilmente a contradecirlo.
The neutrality of the new work's title (borrowed from the economist Joseph Schumpeter) is intentional: Cowen has not only narrowed his focus; he has also reined in his inner Pangloss and, despite the occasional elision and the seeming philistinism of his arguments, makes his case about as well as one can.
When Candide breaks into tears and wonders for a moment if maybe this is not, as Pangloss has taught him, the best of all possible worlds, he cries not just for the slave (or for himself, finding another instance of Pangloss's error) but because he is confronted by this disturbing evidence of empire's effects.
Simon Russell Beale brilliantly holds the epic together as sceptical sage Voltaire, and doubles as philosopher Pangloss who believes everything that happens is for the best.
Caritat's fake passport is in the name of Dr Pangloss, the notoriously foolish optimist of Voltaire's Candide.
Pangloss can explain everything, Pococurante cares little, and so on.