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The European Contexts of Ramism

E. A. Wilson, S. Knight (eds.)
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XII+353 p., 13 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-57499-8
Languages: English
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The book situates the works and reception of the French scholar Pierre de la Ramée (Petrus Ramus) in a variety of European cultural and educational contexts, from Britain and France to Eastern Europe, from Germany to the Iberian peninsula, and from Scandinavia to the Netherlands.

Pierre de la Ramée or Petrus Ramus (1515-1572) has long been a controversial figure in educational reform and innovation, from the moment of his first public academic statements in the 1530s, to his reception among scholars in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. What is beyond dispute, however, is the vast reach of his influence throughout Europe. Ramus’s ideas were disseminated through copious editions and translations of his own textbooks, and in wave after wave of adaptations and re-imaginings of his ideas that swept across the continent.

This volume embarks on a European tour of Ramism, using a wide range of previously unpublished or untranslated archival evidence from throughout the continent to examine the dissemination of Ramus’s works and his intellectual influence in geographic and in disciplinary terms. The ten chapters explore the spread of Ramism from his home country of France to Protestant strongholds in Germany, Holland, and Britain, and in the Catholic context of the Iberian peninsula. The book also examines Ramism in the less familiar territories (to most Anglophone readers) of Scandinavia and Hungary, and considers the preceding and contemporary Dutch and German educational reform movements from which Ramus borrowed to forge his own distinctive intellectual method.

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Ramus and Humanist Pedagogy in the Language Arts — JUDITH RICE HENDERSON

Ramus and Agricola — MARC VAN DER POEL

The International Nature of Britannic Ramism — EMMA ANNETTE WILSON

Ramus and the Teaching of Mathematics — ISABELLE PANTIN

Teacher, Rival, Martyr: Ramus in French Literature and Thought — SARAH KNIGHT

'Reduced to Order' and 'Just for Show'? Ramus, Print, and Visual Aesthetics — RAPHAEL HALLETT

Ramism in the North — GUNNAR HARDARSON

The Reception and Influence of Ramism in Spain — ALFONSO MARTÍN-JIMÉNEZ

Hungarian and Transylvanian Ramism — GÁBOR KECSKEMÉTI

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Interest Classification:
Renaissance (humanist) Philosophy (c. 1300-1650)
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
The Renaissance world (c.1450-1550) : specific topics
Reformation & Counter-Reformation
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Early modern history (1501-1800) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history
Early modern European history (1501-1800) : local & regional history

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