Pangloss


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Pangloss

(ˈpænɡlɒs)
n
a person who views a situation with unwarranted optimism
[C19: after Dr Pangloss, a character in Voltaire's Candide (1759)]
Panˈglossian adj
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Noun1.Pangloss - an incurable optimist in a satire by Voltaire
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This world was not then so good as Doctor Pangloss believed it, neither was it so wicked as Dantes thought it, since this man, who had nothing to expect from his comrade but the inheritance of his share of the prize-money, manifested so much sorrow when he saw him fall.
Pangloss for himself; and very earnestly, but very unsuccessfully, trying to persuade the others that there were some fine tragic parts in the rest of the dramatis personae.
The Dr Pangloss school dismissed them as benign -- a mere reflection of emerging economies' demand for dollar reserves, which only the US could provide, and American consumers' insatiable appetite for cheap merchandise imports.
I have always considered him to be a latter day Dr Pangloss, whose slogan was "all is for the best, in the best of all possible worlds".
Matthew Needham's quizzical Candide is engaging throughout, as is the excellent Coventry actress Katy Stephens as distraught mother Sarah and Ian Redford as Candide's professor and mentor, Pangloss.
Brought upon a philosophy of optimism by his professor and mentor Dr Pangloss, Candide travelled across Europe and South America facing natural disasters and misfortunes.
Dans Candide, qui semble etre l'une des sources d'inspiration de Musinde, le personnage de Pangloss pose la question suivante a un derviche turc : "Maitre, nous venons vous prier de nous dire pourquoi un aussi etrange animal que l'homme a ete forme" (Voltaire 241).
Nevertheless, for the sake of argument, I ask all professors Pangloss to suspend their disbelief in the human capacity for tragedy and grant the prospect that unintended and generally unknown consequences might in fact constitute such an existential threat for our species.
A force de lui repeter le juste contraire de ce precepte, le Dr Pangloss, qui professe la philosophie optimiste, a fini par pousser son disciple Candide a se voir confronte a travers son tour du monde que nulle part, rien ne va comme il faut: il y a la guerre, les injustices, le pouvoir de l'argent, celui de la religion, celui du president, les lois imbeciles.
They were: (1) the Pangloss solution, where everything works out according to plan--the Karzai government makes the necessary reforms to earn the support of the Afghan people and the Taliban insurgency is reversed (10 percent probability); (2) the "implosion" scenario where everything goes wrong, the Karzai government collapses, and the Taliban gain control of the entire country (20 percent); (3) the "marginal improvement" scenario where the government and Afghan National Security Forces remain weak and incapable of keeping the Taliban at bay without large doses of continuing U.
Pangloss revisited: a critique of the dilution effect and the biodiversity-buffers-disease paradigm.
Lonergan's concept of the good of order is better developed and less susceptible to the criticisms of Voltaire's Doctor Pangloss or Wall Street's Gordon Gecko than the pseudo-Smithian concept.