Ong, Walter J. "The Agonistic Base of Scientifically Abstract Thought: Issues in fighting for life: Contest, Sexuality, and Consciousness." In Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Desmond J. Fitzgerald, and John T. Noonan, Jr., eds., Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (Catholic University of America), 56 (1982): 109-24. Reprinted in An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry, edited by Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup (Cresskill, New Jersey, 2002: 479-95).
Ong, Walter J. Introduction [To Milton's Logic]. In Maurice Kelley, ed., Complete Prose Works of John Milton: Volume VIII: 1666-1682. New Haven, Connecticut; and London, England: YaleUniversity Press, 1982. 139-205. Reprinted as "Introduction to Milton's Logic" in Ong's Faith and Contexts: Volume Four, edited by Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999: 111-42.
Parks, Ward. Verbal Dueling in Heroic Narrative: The Homeric and Old English Traditions. Princeton, New Jersey: PrincetonUniversity Press, 1990.
Sloane, Thomas O. On the Contrary: The Protocol of Traditional Rhetoric. Washington, D.C.: CatholicUniversity of America Press, 1997. Thomas O. Sloane focuses on the pro-and-con debate protocol in traditional rhetoric in Western culture. But not only the verbal art known as rhetoric, but also the verbal art known as dialectic inculcated the spirit of pro-and-con debate. In Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue: From the Art of Discourse to the Art of Reason (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1958), Walter J. Ong shows how Peter Ramus (1515-1572) and Ramism in effect moved away from the protocol of pro-and-con debate in favor of setting forth one's own line of argument without explicit reference to real or imaginary adversarial positions or possible objections.