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Metaphysico-theologo-cosmonigology is a fictional philosophy used by Voltaire in his book Candide. It is a satire of the beliefs that all things are created for the best, and similar philosophies that proved through circular or otherwise inscrutable logic whatever desires were sought after by the inventors. In the book, Candide's teacher Dr. Pangloss specialized in this philosophy, and used it to prove the greatness of his benefactors, thereby insuring his continued employment as the tutor of Candide and the daughter of the castle, Cunegonde. This philosophy is related to the saying 'God works in mysterious ways', as a way of explaining terrible injustices of the present by holding out hope that eventually things will work out for the best.
- Voltaire (1759). Candide. Trans. Tobias Smollett. Wikisource.
- Voltaire (in French). Candide. Wikisource.
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