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Who Wrote That?Authorship Controversies from Moses to Sholokhov$
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Donald Ostrowski

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749704

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749704.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Who Wrote That?
Donald Ostrowski
Cornell University Press

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.”

Keywords:   authorship controversies, historical study, authorship attribution, confirmation bias, premature cognitive closure

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