Peter Ramus, Walter Ong, and the Tradition of Humanistic Learning
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In the 1950's Walter Ong focused his attention on the sixteenth century Parisian philosopher and educationalist Peter Ramus, and published the results of his research in two major works, Ramus, Method and the Decay of Dialogue (1958a), and a Ramus and Talon Inventory (1958b), which listed for the first time over one thousand printings of books by Ramus in the fields of grammar, rhetoric, logic, mathematics, physics, optics, ethics, and theology. Thirty years on, as we settle down firmly into the computer age in scholarship, it is possible to appreciate fully the value of these two seminal books which have stimulated and enriched all work on Ramus since their publication.
Oral Tradition, 2/1 (1987): 172-87.