Re: Theos-World "plagiarisms" . . . ?
Apr 07, 2002 10:16 AM
by Morten Sufilight
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Subject: Theos-World "plagiarisms" . . . ?
> On the subject of quoting other's on these lists . . .
> "I wonder . . . I wonder . . ." (to quote John Cleese's character from
> "A Fish Called Wanda) how some of us might approach that topic .
> . .
> Could it be that, on some lists, (such as those that might be
> somewhat generally perceived as "t/Theosophical," or, say
> "somewhat t/Theosophical," maybe . . . ?) could it be that on
> THOSE kinds of lists there might be some sort of "generally
> perceived" or "individually perceived" preference, (or some kind
> of "tentative preference," here or there, possibly?) to the effect that,
> in light of certain "kinds" of content in certain "kinds" of
> Theosophical books (possibly to be found in such books as the
> Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled?) . . . well, in light of what might
> be a somewhat general perception (say?) that those books might (or
> "do," possibly?) contain a number of passages that might be
> described ("might be described," possibly . . . ?) . . .
> [Being a fairly new student of Theosophy, I, myself, am not, of
> course, in any kind of position to offer anything more than "certain
> kinds" of tentative, "speculative" comments!]
> . . . and so, (to continue): . . . uh . . . oh, yes, I was saying
> (well, "speculating," actually, basically, I think) that, for whatever
> reason, there MAY be SOME "students of Theosophy" (and, in a sense,
> who isn't, after all, "a student of Theosophy" in SOME sense,
> basically . . . . ?). . . ?) who may TEND to feel, for whatever
> reason, that, in light of certain "kinds" of content in certain "kinds"
> of Theosophical books (possibly to be found in such books as the
> Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled?---if I may kindly update the reader's
> memory re my general trend, here. . . ?) Well, it MAY be, (if just as
> per my tentative, speculative tendencies), that there MAY be those who,
> as a result of having discovered that the SD and the IU were, as it
> were (apparently?), "co-authored," are therefore (as a possibly
> "direct result" of that discovery, possibly?) are therefore, or
> MIGHT be, therefore, "inclined," at times, in some
> circumstances/cases (or "somewhat inclined," possibly, at times?)
> to interpret such a "co-authoring/quoting technique" as a "significant
> precedent," in some apparently "significantly relevant sense,"
> (possibly?) and an indication (possibly?) that one is, under certain
> "KINDS" of circumstances (as when, say, "infomally" offering email on
> certain kinds of discussion lists?) excempted from certain "more-formal
> requirements" re such as "regular considerations" about "plagiarism" . .
> . Not that I'm saying, or implying, that HPB was particularly
> plagiaristic, herself, per se, (apparently?), in as much as she did, I
> think, at some point point out something about her references to
> "VARIOUS" sources, many of which (or all of which?) were mentioned and
> "credited." Not being a scholar of the subject, I can offer no more
> than my "speculative impressions."
> Of is it that there is the "impression" among some that HPB did not
> "credit enough," or "all" of her sources? If so, I wonder if such an
> impression might have something to do with tending to lead some
> people, in certain circumstances, on certain discussion lists, to
> "similarly" "quote freely" from various sources without giving
> "regular credit" to the original authors . . . Could it be that there
> are some list contributors who see themselves as removed from the
> "ordinary rules" of the "regular world" (as per their interpretation
> of HPB' ways and means, possibly?), and thereby might be inclined
> to "follow suit" in keeping with their interpretive tendencies . . . ?
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