Most early modern scholars know that Petrus Ramus (1515-1572) is important, but may be rather vague as to where his importance lies. This new collection of essays analyses the impact of the logician, rhetorician and pedagogical innovator across a variety of countries and intellectual disciplines, reappraising Ramus in the light of scholarly developments in the fifty years since the publication of Walter Ong's seminal work Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue. Chapters reflect the broad impact of Ramus and the Ramist 'method' of teaching across many subjects, including logic and rhetoric, pedagogy, mathematics, philosophy, and new scientific and taxonomic developments in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. There is no current work that offers such a broad survey of Ramus and Ramism, or that looks at him in such an interdisciplinary fashion. Ramus' influence extended across many disciplines and this book skillfully weaves together studies in intellectual history, pedagogy, literature, philosophy and the history of science. It will prove a useful starting point for those interested in Ramus and his impact, as well as serving to redefine the field of Ramist studies for future scholars.

chapter |6 pages


chapter 1|18 pages

Ramus and Ramism

Rhetoric and Dialectic 1

chapter 2|22 pages

Andrew Melville and Scottish Ramism

A Re-interpretation

chapter 3|22 pages

Flat Dichotomists and Learned Men

Ramism in Elizabethan Drama and Satire

chapter 4|20 pages

Reading the ‘unseemly logomachy'

Ramist Method in Action in Seventeenth-Century English Literature

chapter 6|20 pages

The Secret of Success

Ramism and Lullism as Contending Methods

chapter 7|20 pages

Petrus Ramus and the Vernacular

chapter 9|18 pages

The Legacy of Petrus Ramus in U.S. Composition

Realism, Scottish Common Sense, and Peircean Pragmatic Method

chapter 11|22 pages

The Reception of Ramist Rhetoric in Hungary and Transylvania

Possibilities and Achievements