Discusses the problem as presented in works by Goya ("Saturn Devouring His Children"), Poe (Fall of the House of Usher) and Voltaire (Candide). Argues that Goya's view is too pessimistic and Poe's is too fantastic. Of the three, Voltaire's position is the one most useful in everyday life. 7 pages, 14 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources.
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