Friday, March 04, 2011

Plagiarism is Ruinous

Need proof that plagiarism can ruin your career. Consider recent events in Europe where Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg recently resigned his office as German Defense Minister after admitting that he plagiarized his doctoral dissertation at the University of Bayreuth.


Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is a notable descendant of Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor, and Aloys II, Prince of Liechtenstein. Prior to this plagiarism scandal, Guttenberg was considered a rising star in German politics. No doubt, plagiarism is ruinous...

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately our Greek ancestors wrote about it long time ago: Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty (Plato). Stealing other's ideas is a personal choice seriously influenced by this society's philosophy of automatic and immediate satisfaction and minimal effort.

Anonymous said...

Starting from Plato's quote "Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty", our society push on us the lure of "immediate satisfaction via the less effort law"

Dr William J McKibbin said...

Hi Anonymous, regardless of motives, plagiarism appears to be ruinous for careers -- I agree with your views about honesty and effort -- thank you for your comments...

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