3 thoughts on “Explaining plagiarism?

  1. I enjoy a good Bush-bashing as much as the next guy, but I don’t think this is a very clean example. Most of the lifted material seems to be attributed to others, and enclosed in quotation marks. The problem is that Bush appears to have taken this text from other people’s memories without citation — and that is a problem, and it’s arguably a technical instance of plagiarism — but it’s not very close to the prototype we should be showing our students. Especially for the purpose of writing philosophy papers, rather than recounting notable events, if the material you’ve taken from others is enclosed in quotation marks and comes along with an indication of who said it, you’re doing a pretty good job.

  2. Actually, I think it’s useful to have examples of some of the less clean cases. (Though I admit I also enjoy Bush-bashing.)

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