Honoring Authors is Chivalrous

The articles that comprised the Round Table reading were concerned with the topic of plagiarism and fabricated information within historical papers. It had come to light that a few well-known historians, such as Joseph J. Ellis, had information within their works which was questionable, which meant that everything that they wrote had to be carefully examined for inconsistencies.  If famous historians can fabricate information, they seem to signal others that such behavior is commendable.  Thus some students or less well-known historians may follow in their footsteps unless curbed, which appears to be the purpose of these articles.

The six articles that were read for class questioned the ethics of the study of history as well.  They inquired whether the study of history was becoming more unethical over time.  Although some of the examples provided were astounding, I suspect that in this digital age that it is more difficult to succeed at pulling the wool over anyone’s eyes for long.  However, misinformation exists on the internet as well which can be deceiving. Generally people will eventually discover that the papers/articles that were written contain false or plagiarized information. In addition, it seems that the ethics of the individual historians are questionable which tends to reflect on the study of history.  As a general rule, respecting the original author of the information used tends to be the best course of action.


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