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Thomasius, Christian


Born Jan. 1, 1655, in Leipzig; died Sept. 23, 1728, in Halle. German jurist, Enlightenment philosopher, and educator; proponent of natural law.

Thomasius taught at the universities of Leipzig and Halle. In 1688 he founded the first scientific journal in the German language. Thomasius believed that the law’s immediate task was to free the state from the influence of religion and to render secular knowledge independent of theology and medieval Scholasticism. He was among the first to point out the distinction between morality and law and held that the observance of law should be ensured by the state. His principal work was Fundamenta iuris naturae et gentium (1705).

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Eight out of the 25 athletes on the bronze winning men's hockey team are from Ontario including Cody Goloubef, Chris Kelly, Chris Lee, Eric O'Dell, Justin Peters, Derek Roy, Christian Thomas and Wojtek Wolski.
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My son's name is David Christian Thomas, who was admitted on February 7 and he is more than well now, I'm glad to say.
Phillip Smith, 27, of Medbourne Crescent, and Christian Thomas, aged 34, of Henlow Avenue, both Kirkby, were arrested after a gun was fired outside St Laurence Primary School, Southdene, as parents picked up their children on Friday afternoon.
I also reminded them that this act was in line with a historic tradition when the Muslim Ibn Rushd, Jewish Maimonides and Christian Thomas Aquinas learnt from one another's works in 12th century Spain, which even John Paul II recognized as being of significant historical importance.
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STARRING: Saoirse Ronan, Stanley Tucci, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Rose McIver, Carolyn Dando, Christian Thomas Ashdale, Michael Imperioli; DIRECTOR: Peter Jackson; CERTIFICATE: 12A; RUNNING TIME: 135 mins; REVIEWER'S RATING: .
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