(Latinized from Thomas; 16551728). Luth. philos. and jurist; b. Leipzig, Ger.; educ. Frankfurt an der Oder; prof. Leipzig 1684; banished 1690 from the university for criticism of religion and of educ. methods; prof. Halle. Early champion of the Enlightenment* and territorial* system; opposed punishment for witchcraft and application of torture.
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