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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646—1716) German rationalist philosopher, mathematician, and logician

Voltaire (1694—1778) writer and philosopher


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The celebrated view of Leibniz, parodied by Voltaire in Candide, that the actual world is the best of all possible worlds: anything else would be inconsistent with the omnipotence and benevolence of the Creator.

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