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Plagarism in a cultural context Essay

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Throughout history there has been duplication of thoughts and ideas.   For example in 852AD a muslim scholar, poet and engineer Abbas Ibn Firnas made a number of attempts to create a flying machine. The Independent (2007).   Nearly 600 years later Leonardo da Vinci designed several aircraft including a helicopter.   Both of these individuals were by modern scholars to be ahead of their time however in their day they were considered to be stark raving mad.   It was not until the   early 1900's when the Wright Brothers successfully tested and flew their flying machines that perhaps the commercial possibilities of such an event were considered. About.com (n.d.)

The first instance of recorded word “plagarism” was by the Roman Poet Martial who accused another poet Fidentius of stealing his words.   The issue caused little concern for Martial since he considered the theif to be a second rate poet who would “soon prove himself a fool, for trying to enslave the words” he had stolen.   Bowden (1996). Commercial value?   Nil.   However intergrity and public opinion can be just as costly.   During the Rennaisance periord from the late 1300's onwards.   Thousands of works by classical authors such as Plato, Cicero and Aristotle were re-discovered and re-introduced to the western world providing new intellectual stimulus for the scholars. Wikipedia (2009).   At this time artists and authors earned their way through commissions and if you didn't paint in the style you did not get paid.

In China where there is a different viewpoint on plagiarism, those who go there to work in the academic field can often find themselves at odds with their own cultural expectations.   As did Professor Stephen Stearns of Yale University.   In a letter to his students dated Fall 2007, he commented on the lack of willigness of the university to detect and punish those who plagiarise.   He also vehemently accused the university itself of copying his entire textbook, translating it into Chinese and then...

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