Petrus Ramus

Other Resources  

  • Petrus Ramus entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Petrus Ramus


(1515 - August, 24 1572) 


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The Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology


Petrus Ramus as Critic

Although Ramus contributed little, if anything, of value to the field of rhetoric, his influence was strong in his own time and he was a vocal critic of Aristotelian rhetoric.  

 His Legacy

Although most of his work in philosophy and rhetoric is currently met with nearly unanimous disdain, Ramus is also notable for his outspoken criticism of classical education, believing that everything which is taught should have practical use.  It was this strident practicality which was probably the source of his popularity in his own time.