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Another event that solidified his stance was the great Lisbon earthquake of November 1, 1755. This earthquake claimed tens of thousands of lives. When Voltaire heard news of innocent children crushed beneath the rubble, he responded with a cry of protest against the belief that God directs everything in the world for the best...
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In the story, Leibniz is referred as Pangloss who "taught metaphysico-theologico-cosmolo-boobology." (Voltaire 42) Just using this term Voltaire is making fun of Leibniz's all achieving philosophy. Also, referring Leibniz as the character Pangloss in the story is another way of insulting Leibniz. Pangloss means "all-tongue" and it implies that the world could not be better than it is because "all is for the best"...
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