Richard C. Lewontin

Richard Lewontin "Science & Politics"

A 2003 interview with marxist and evolutionary geneticist Richard Lewontin on the politics of science.

Against "Sociobiology"

A letter from Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Lewontin and members of the Sociobiology Study Group outlining criticisms of, and objections to, EO Wilson's 'Sociobiology: the new synthesis'

Stephen Jay Gould: What Does it Mean to Be a Radical?

Gould in Simpsons

Marxist biologists Richard Lewontin and Richard Levins remember the life and career of paleontologist and science writer Stephen Jay Gould, and his role in the social criticism of science.

The political economy of hybrid corn


Marxist geneticist Richard Lewontin and economist Jean-Pierre Berlan discuss the economics of and role of capital in the production of hybrid corn. This article follows their 'Technology, research, and the penetration of capital: the case of U.S. agriculture' article.

Technology, research, and the penetration of capital: the case of U.S. agriculture


Economist Jean-Pierre Berlan and marxist geneticist Richard Lewontin reveal the politics and economics behind 1980s US agribusiness.

The spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian paradigm: a critique of the adaptationist programme

Gould and Lewontin's oft-cited paper criticising what they see as the over-reliance on adaptationist explanations of many biologists.

The commoditization of science

Commodity double helix

Ecologist Richard Levins and geneticist Richard Lewontin argue that modern science has been fully incorporated into the process of capitalism, and is subject to the same conditions as any other commodity.