Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue: From the Art of Discourse to the Art of Reason

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University of Chicago Press, Jan 27, 2005 - History - 408 pages
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Renaissance logician, philosopher, humanist, and teacher, Peter Ramus (1515-72) is best known for his attack on Aristotelian logic, his radical pedagogical theories, and his new interpretation for the canon of rhetoric. His work, published in Latin and translated into many languages, has influenced the study of Renaissance literature, rhetoric, education, logic, and—more recently—media studies.

Considered the most important work of Walter Ong's career, Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue is an elegant review of the history of Ramist scholarship and Ramus's quarrels with Aristotle. A key influence on Marshall McLuhan, with whom Ong enjoys the status of honorary guru among technophiles, this challenging study remains the most detailed account of Ramus's method ever published. Out of print for more than a decade, this book—with a new foreword by Adrian Johns—is a canonical text for enthusiasts of media, Renaissance literature, and intellectual history.
  

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Ong is really, really funny. For an academic priest. Still, I kept writing little smiley faces in the margins in all the places he lets go a sharp dig into Ramus, who comes across as a sloppy scholar ... Read full review

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Ong is one of the few writers of his ilk who is both scholarly and readable in this important book about the rise of a figure and a movement and the reconstruction of an idea in an epoch. Should be ... Read full review

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Walter J. Ong, SJ (1912-2003) was professor at St. Louis University and an internationally renowned scholar of rhetorical theory and history. He is the author of numerous books, including In the Human Grain: Further Explorations of Contemporary Culture and Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word.

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