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Dr Richard Oosterhoff

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.
Richard Oosterhoff is a postdoctoral research fellow at CRASSH on the five-year ERC-funded project Genius before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Art and Science.

He has worked on the cultural and intellectual history of early modern Europe in the areas of science, the book, and religion. Richard completed his PhD in 2013 at the University of Notre Dame, where he focused on how the Paris circle of humanists around Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples deployed the new printing presses to reimagine medieval university culture, especially mathematics. This project will result in his first book.

At CRASSH, Richard is researching a second monograph on the ‘untutored mind’ in Early Modern Europe. Between 1400 and 1700, European intellectuals increasingly found inspiration in the ingenuity or ‘common sense’ of artisans, laypeople, women, farmers, and non-Europeans. Through popular theological works, educational treatises, recipe books, travel narratives, the growing genre of how-to books, and philosophical works, this study traces the early modern expansion of the conviction that unlearned knowledge is most trustworthy.

 Richard has held fellowships at the Huntington Library, Harvard’s Houghton Library, the Warburg Institute, and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. His articles have appeared in the Journal for the History of Ideas, the Intellectual History Review, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Journal for the History of Universities.