R Ramus, Peter (1515-1572) Writer and teacher who succeeded in separating rhetoric and philosophy, leaving to the province of rhetoric only style and delivery. Peter Ramus was the Latinized academic name of Pierre de la Ramee, who was born to impoverished parents in Picardy. The family was able to prepare him to study Latin and send him to Paris at age eight. He entered the University of Paris at age twelve. Like many other poor scholars, Ramus worked his way through school as a servant to wealthier students. He took his master of arts degree in 1536 at the age of twenty-one.