This chapter provides an introduction to authorship controversies. It draws attention to the arguments and methods in various fields of historical study that have been used to deal with issues of authorship attribution. It points out fallacious arguments and express criticism of faulty use of evidence, as well as the lack of evidence, for specific assertions on authorship controversies. The chapter talks about confirmation bias, which means rejecting any arguments or evidence that goes against the initial view. It also discusses the refusal to look at the arguments and evidence that go against the initial understanding that bespeaks a phenomenon called “premature cognitive closure.”
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