best of all possible worlds
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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  • Best of all possible worlds — OptimismThe phrase the best of all possible worlds ( fr. le meilleur des mondes possibles) was coined by the German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz in his 1710 work Essais de Théodicée sur la bonté de Dieu, la liberté de l homme et l origine du mal …   Wikipedia

  • best of all possible worlds — ▪ philosophy       in the philosophy of the 17th and 18th century philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm), the present world of monads (infinitesimal psychophysical entities) coordinated in preestablished harmony. Among …   Universalium

  • all’s for the best in the best of all possible worlds — This saying translates Voltaire’s Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes possibles, the observation which the philosophical optimist Dr Pangloss in Candide (1759) persists in making, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. 1911 …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • the best of all possible worlds — the best of all (possible) worlds : the best possible situation The current economic situation is the best of all possible worlds for investors. • • • Main Entry: ↑world …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) best of all possible worlds — the best of ˈboth/ˈall possible worlds idiom the benefits of two or more completely different situations that you can enjoy at the same time • If you enjoy the coast and the country, you ll get the best of both worlds on this walk. Main entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • the best of all possible worlds — ► the best of both (or all possible) worlds the benefits of widely differing situations, enjoyed at the same time. Main Entry: ↑world …   English terms dictionary

  • Of All Possible Worlds —   First …   Wikipedia

  • (the) best of both possible worlds — the best of ˈboth/ˈall possible worlds idiom the benefits of two or more completely different situations that you can enjoy at the same time • If you enjoy the coast and the country, you ll get the best of both worlds on this walk. Main entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • the best of all worlds — the best of all (possible) worlds : the best possible situation The current economic situation is the best of all possible worlds for investors. • • • Main Entry: ↑world …   Useful english dictionary

  • the best of both (or all possible) worlds — the benefits of widely differing situations, enjoyed at the same time. → world …   English new terms dictionary

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