Marc Hauser now accused of “theft of ideas”

The Hausergate affair seemed to have reached a sort of resolution with Marc Hauser’s resignation from Harvard – but it has come back to life with accusations from Gilbert Harman, a philosophy Professor at Princeton that Hauser’s book Moral Minds may have “stolen ideas” without sufficient attribution from the 2000 doctoral thesis of John Mikhail, a graduate student at Cornell University who is now a law professor at Georgetown University.

The Boston Globe carries the story

New questions raised about former Harvard professor Marc Hauser 

In an unusual back and forth, a prominent philosophy professor at Princeton University has accused Marc Hauser, who resigned from Harvard University in August, of not giving adequate credit to another scholar in his popular book, Moral Minds. …..

Gilbert Harman, a philosopher at Princeton, first posted an early draft of an essay raising questions about possible plagiarism in Hauser’s 2006 book a few weeks ago and then took it down, saying it needed further revision. Now, he has posted the revised essay, which again raises the question of whether Hauser’s 2006 book gives enough credit to the 2000 doctoral thesis of John Mikhail, a graduate student at Cornell University who is now a law professor at Georgetown University. Hauser has submitted a response, addressing Harman’s accusations and further explaining the influence Mikhail had on him as well as the influence of other scholars. Mikhail, who recently published a book based on the work he began in his doctoral thesis, declined to comment. ……

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