Professor on Leave After Posting Plagiarism Accusation

March 8, 2016

Crispin Sartwell, an associate professor of philosophy at Dickinson College, was placed on temporary leave Friday after accusing others of plagiarism on his personal blog, and, he says, because he included in one of those posts a video of Miranda Lambert’s song “Time to Get a Gun.”

Citing the fact that this is a personnel matter, a Dickinson spokeswoman would only say, “Professor Sartwell is a faculty member in good standing at Dickinson,” and “he is currently on leave.”

Both professors accused of plagiarism -- Alexander Nehamas at Princeton University and Linda Zagzebski at the University of Oklahoma -- have denied the allegations, and Zagzebski said of the music video that she was “shocked and confused and did not know what to think,” and it was hotel security at a meeting of the American Philosophical Association that viewed the video as a possible threat.


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