Candide Essay | Student Essay

This student essay consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis of The Asylum of Optimists in Candide.
This section contains 676 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Student Essay on The Asylum of Optimists in Candide

The Asylum of Optimists in Candide

Summary: An analysis of the philosophical ramifications of Voltaire's satire Candide. While Voltaire presents the idea that philosophy is good for philosophy's sake, his main point emphasizes that philosophy is no good without its application.
The Asylum of Optimists

"Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself." US editor H.L. Mencken summed up the majority of Voltaire's Candide in this humorous statement. He stated Voltaire's ideas toward modern philosophy, specifically the Optimism of the philosopher Leibniz. Candide presents the idea that philosophy is useless without application and yet leaves the idea wide open to interpretation. Both sides of the theory are present; the reader must decide which to believe.

On the one hand, the reader is presented with the idea that philosophy is good for philosophy's sake. The character Pangloss is an absolute optimist, constantly saying that "all is well" (2). The optimism of Pangloss carries him through the hardest of circumstances - syphilis (9), a hanging...

(read more)

This section contains 676 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Student Essay on The Asylum of Optimists in Candide
Copyrights
BookRags
The Asylum of Optimists in Candide from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.