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ERIC Number: ED078456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Pages: 12
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Ramist Rhetoric and the Puritan Dilemma.
Bailey, Dennis L.
The chief insistence of the educational reform that Peter Ramus initiated in the sixteenth century in England was that the liberal arts should exist as separate and distinct disciplines, divided from one another. He split the old rhetorical laws to avoid duplication between dialectic and rhetoric and thus influenced the style of preaching found in the Puritan churches in England and New England, giving impetus to plainness and simplicity of expression in public discourse. Ramus's influence in Puritan discourse was dominant during the early years of New England settlement but began to decline from 1660 onward, several decades before the period others have suggested. Expository discourse reflecting his influence prevailed in the speaking of the first settlers, but the imprecatory style attained growing significance during the last decades of the seventeenth century. (RN)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Assn. (Minneapolis, April 1973)