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Ritual Patricide: Why Stephen Jay Gould Assassinated George Gaylord Simpson

Joe Cain

in The Paleobiological Revolution

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226748610
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226748597 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.003.0018
Ritual Patricide: Why Stephen Jay Gould Assassinated George Gaylord Simpson

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This chapter focuses on Stephen Jay Gould's attack on George Gaylord Simpson, who was considered in the 1960s as paleontology's principal innovator in macroevolutionary theory. It highlights Gould's efforts to deny Simpson any relevance to contemporary developments and suggests that this “ritual patricide Radical” was central to Gould's efforts at establishing a new disciplinary identity for his favored brand of macroevolutionary paleobiology. This chapter also examines the rhetorical devices used in that campaign.

Keywords: Stephen Jay Gould; George Gaylord Simpson; paleontology; macroevolutionary theory; disciplinary identity; macroevolutionary paleobiology

Chapter.  7064 words. 

Subjects: Palaeontology

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