Scholarship is the work-product of scholars. The word derives the Latin schola, as in school. Hence, scholarship is related to education, which in turn is related to the advancement of human knowledge. By that measure, the best scholarship may increase our knowledge, both practical and theoretical. But when undisclosed bias affects that which is offered up as knowledge, it may unduly slant our understanding of life, law, and other things that matter. While bias-free knowledge may be a utopian ideal, it is, nonetheless, a principle worthy of our respect.
Ronald K. Collins & Lisa G. Lerman,
Disclosure, Scholarly Ethics, and the Future of Law Reviews: A Few Preliminary Thoughts,
88 Wash. L. Rev.
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