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Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue by Walter J. Ong
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Feb 22, 11

bookshelves: rhetoric
Read from February 17 to 22, 2011

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, simplistic educator, and wildly fortunate historical figure (in societal influence, not in his personal life--he was killed in the St. Batholomew's Day Massacre). I'm still a little hazy about everything Ramus did in logic, but Ong will follow pages and pages of careful scholarship with nice little phrases that explain what he just proved. And sometimes they are quite witty indeed.

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