Wed Dec 23 18:52:28 PST 1998

In a message dated 98-12-22 21:21:41 EST, you write:

<< Now I realize that there is a big

difference between a big name Ph.D who plagiarizes and a millwright who

writes for the cause,but, I don't think it hurts anything to remind them

about it. >>

Standards differ in different disciplines. A friend of mine from law school is a PhD engineer--he' goung to be a patent lawyer. His adviser published my friend's Ph/D dissertation as a book with "joint" authorship, his own (the adviser's) name first,a lthough he contribured nothing but the introduction to the book. My fruend was amused that I was appalled. That's the way it's done in engineering, he said; he wasn't bothered. I should say that his PhD was from the top department in his field. In philosophy, anyway, and I am pretty sure in political science and law, that sort of thing would be misconduct of the sort that could lose you tenure. --jks

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