Richard J. Spiegel

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Sep 2017-Feb 2018)

Richard J. Spiegel is a doctoral candidate in the History of Science at Princeton University. His dissertation situates nineteenth-century Germanophone psychology and its pedagogical and scholarly applications in a neo-humanist context. He is interested in how psychology shaped educational practice at the same time that it was put to use in law, economics, and historiography to, respectively, make and make sense of bourgeois German culture. Richard is broadly interested in the cultural and intellectual history of Western Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and he maintains a special interest in the disciplinarity of the natural and human sciences. Before coming to Princeton, Richard completed a BA (Art History and History) and MA (History) at McGill University. His research has been published in the British Journal for the History of Science, and his PhD has been supported by the Social Sciences Research Council as well as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


The Science of Learning, the Practice of Education: A History of Anschauungspädagogik, ca. 1806–1871


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Selected Publications

Spiegel, R. J. (2015). John Flamsteed and the turn of the screw: mechanical uncertainty, the skilful astronomer and the burden of seeing correctly at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The British Journal for the History of Science, 48(1), 17-51.

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

“Sound and Vision: Visuality and the Role of Acoustics in the Birth of Modern Ophthalmology in Seventeenth-Century Europe"

Talk, "The History of Science Society Annual Meeting," History of Science Society