403. Make It Simple: Peter Ramus

Posted on 11 September 2022

Peter Ramus scandalizes his critics, and thrills his students and admirers, by proposing a new and simpler approach to philosophy.

Further Reading

• C. Newlands (trans.), Arguments in Rhetoric against Quintilian: Translation and Text of Peter Ramus’s Rhetoricae distinctiones in Quintilianum (De Kalb: 1986).

• C. Newlands (trans.), Peter Ramus’s Attack on Cicero: Text and Translation of Ramus’s Brutinae Quaestiones (Davis CA: 1992).


• N. Bruyère, Méthode et dialectique dans l’oeuvre de La Ramée (Paris: 1984).

• N.W. Gilbert, Renaissance Concepts of Method (New York: 1960).

• A. Grafton and L. Jardine, From Humanism to the Humanities: Education and the Liberal Arts in Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century Europe (London: 1986).

• F.P. Graves, Peter Ramus and the Educational Reformation of the Sixteenth Century (New York: 1912).

• P. Mack, “Peter Ramus as Humanist and Philosophe,” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 61 (1998), 111-41.

K. Meerhof and J.-C. Moisan (eds), Autor de Ramus: Texte, théorie, commentaire (Quebec: 1997).

• W.J. Ong, Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue: From the Art of Discourse to the Art of Reason (Cambridge MA: 1958).

• J.V. Skalnick, Ramus and Reform: University and Church at the End of the Renaissance (Kirksville MO: 2002).

Stanford Encyclopedia: Peter Ramus


Tarun G 13 September 2022

Is Vico's The New Science of any philosophical significance? I stumbled upon it from James Joyce, and I'm curious if you'll cover Vico in the early modern/Enlightenment episodes.

Oh yes, very much so. He'll get a lot of attention when the time comes, I'd probably do at least a scripted episode and interview on him I guess.

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