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The term Ramism is derived from the name of the French philosopher Petrus Ramus (Pierre de la Ramée, 1515-1572). It was originally an epithet wielded by Ramus’ contemporary opponents to decry his scholarly disciples. In modern-day philosophical usage, the word is used with a neutral connotation. Sometimes, early modern scholars who invoked Ramus along with other scholarly traditions are called Semi-Ramists.

Petrus Ramus was one of the most influential logicians of the 16th century. The Picard philosopher saw logic in the Humanist tradition as an ars disserendi (art of argume…

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Mährle, Wolfgang, “Ramism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026121>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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