Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

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

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German philosopher and mathematician, and one of the chief forces leading to the German Enlightenment. He is chiefly remembered in a literary context for parodies of his ‘optimistic’ philosophy of eternal harmony, most notably by Voltaire (in the character of Dr Pangloss of Candide), and in the works of English satirists such as Fielding.

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