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The Paleobiological RevolutionEssays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology$
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David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226748610

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.001.0001

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Ritual Patricide: Why Stephen Jay Gould Assassinated George Gaylord Simpson

Ritual Patricide: Why Stephen Jay Gould Assassinated George Gaylord Simpson

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(p.346) Chapter Seventeen Ritual Patricide: Why Stephen Jay Gould Assassinated George Gaylord Simpson
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The Paleobiological Revolution
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Joe Cain

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.003.0018

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

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