Thomas Compton

(c. 1592—1666) Jesuit

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Thomas Compton was born in Cambridgeshire and died in Liège on 24 March 1666. He was one of three brothers sent abroad by their uncle to be given a Roman Catholic education – all three were to become priests. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1617, was ordained priest at Douai in 1622, went on the hazardous English Mission in 1625, and took the four vows of the Jesuit order in 1628. He was not destined for martyrdom: his superiors thought his talents best suited for promoting the education of the English Catholics in the Low Countries. For a while he taught rhetoric and belles lettres at the English College of St Omer, near Calais. Then for most of his adult life he taught philosophy, theology and holy Scripture at the Jesuit College in Liège. As well as two volumes of Christian theology, he also wrote a commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, published at Antwerp in 1652. Other Aristotelian commentaries (on De Generatione and on the Organon) were published posthumously at Salamanca.

From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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