Candide Paper

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James Urban Professor Cahill World Literature 10 October, 2013 Pangloss’ Philosophy Pangloss was a man with a meaning of life. Candide and Pangloss took this philosophy with them throughout their journeys throughout life. Throughout Candide’s childhood, Pangloss gave him the necessary tools to cope with the challenges that were being thrown his way with his philosophical theories. Pangloss lived his life in the sense of having perfection. Negativity was not one of Pangloss’ philosophies on optimism through any circumstance. Throughout the story, Voltaire pushes the limits on Pangloss’ philosophical theologies and put him through troubling obstacles to mock him. Pangloss’ philosophy was one of optimism and meaning to life which gave him the character of one as a sub-par teacher of philosophy, and not a good human being. Pangloss always spoke with his heart and faith, but not with what reality he faces. The narrator wrote: “Pangloss gave instruction in metaphysico-theologico-cosmolo-nigology. He proved admirably that there cannot possibly be an effect without a cause and that in this best of all possible worlds the baron’s castle was the most beautiful of all castles and his wife the best of all possible baronesses” (Voltaire, 356). This passage from Candide sets off the dynamite for Voltaire’s use of mockery throughout the story. Pangloss’ view of everything happening for a reason goes beyond reason and interconnects with God. Pangloss believed that God has a plan for everything, even the evil in society to promote the greater good. Voltaire in a way mocks Pangloss’ optimistic philosophy in relation to the other Enlightment philosophers of that time. There was a contradiction on Pangloss’ philosophy which did not give a good representation on how to distinguish cause and effect. Pangloss stated, “Observe: noses were made to support spectacles,

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