Authorial Ethics

Authorial Ethics : How Writers Abuse Their Calling

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Authorial Ethics is a normative study that deals with the many ways in which writers abuse their commitment to truth and integrity. It is divided by academic discipline and includes chapters on journalism, history, literature, art, psychology, and science, among others. Robert Hauptman offers generalizations and theoretical remarks exemplified by specific cases. Two major abrogations are inadvertent error and purposeful misconduct, which is subdivided into falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism. All of these problems appear in most disciplines, although their negative impact is felt most potently in biomedical research and publication. Professor Mary Lefkowitz, the classicist, provides an incisive more

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  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739185977
  • 9780739185971

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With abundant lessons drawn from a rogues' gallery of those who lied, cheated, and stole their way into undeserved credit or publication, Robert Hauptman's thoughtful and wide-ranging Authorial Ethics should be required reading for every writer in every field. -- Marcel Chotkowski LaFollette, author of Stealing into Print: Fraud, Plagiarism, and Misconduct in Scientific Publishing Authorial Ethics is ground-breaking, a fascinating examination of the many complex and multifaceted issues in authorship, across disciplines and professions. The fundamental principles represented throughout impact all of us, as writers, scholars, producers, and consumers of texts: Honesty, truth, integrity, justice, responsibility, accountability, beneficence, a sense of fair play, balance, and tolerance must return to the foreground of our attention. Hauptman has once again proven his intellectual rigor, calling our attention to the meta-ethical, meta-rhetorical intricacies of our craft. In an age of 'responsible conduct of research' awareness, Authorial Ethics is a must read. -- Elizabeth Buchanan, University of Wisconsin-Stout Introduced with a foreword by eminent classicist Mary Lefkowitz, Authorial Ethics is a normative study that considers the many ways in which writers abuse their commitment to truth and integrity. In case studies divided by academic discipline, it trains a particular focus on literature, journalism and art. Robert Hauptman argues that two major abrogations by authors are inadvertent error and purposeful misconduct. Times Higher Education Hauptman (ret., St. Cloud State Univ.) considers what makes authors spurn 'convention, mores, rule and law' in their pursuit of publication. Rather than delivering just a compilation of cases, Hauptman provides a broader study of the ethical issues writers face. His argument goes beyond the predictable discussion on plagiarism to confront such ethical issues as factual errors, unclear representation of purpose, and ghostwriting for clinical pharmaceutical studies. Hauptman's background as a librarian--applied in his earlier works Ethical Challenges in Librarianship (1988), Ethics and Librarianship (2002), and Documentation: A History and Critique of Attribution, Commentary, Glosses, Marginalia, Notes, Bibliographies, Works-Cited Lists, and Citation Indexing and Analysis (2008)--prepares him for objective consideration of authorial controversies in all disciplines. He divides his discussion of these matters into four sections: 'The Humanities' (by far the longest of the four), 'The Social Sciences,' 'The Sciences,' and 'Other Areas' (the last covers business, economics, and law). This book's broad perspective makes it relevant to writers in all fields. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty; professionals. CHOICEshow more

About Robert Hauptman

Robert Hauptman is a retired reference librarian and retired professor of Learning Resources & Technology Services, Education, and Information Media at St. Cloud State University. He is founding editor of Journal of Information Ethics and author of The Mountain Encyclopedia, among other more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Part 3 Preliminaries Chapter 4 Chapter 1. Introduction Part 5 The Humanities Chapter 6 Chapter 2. Journalism Chapter 7 Chapter 3. History Chapter 8 Chapter 4. Life Writing Chapter 9 Chapter 5. Literature Chapter 10 Chapter 6. Art Part 11 The Social Sciences Chapter 12 Chapter 7. Psychology and Sociology Chapter 13 Chapter 8. Anthropology Part 14 The Sciences Chapter 15 Chapter 9. Physics and Biomedicine Part 16 Other Areas Chapter 17 Chapter 10. Business and Economics Chapter 18 Chapter 11. Law Part 19 Extrapolation Chapter 20 Chapter 12. A Concise Theory of Authorial Ethics Chapter 21 Chapter 13. Concluding Remarksshow more

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