Correcting error: strategic consideration
The issue of correcting scholarly errors can be conceived of as a strategic encounter. The first challenge is recognizing that an error hasbeen made, something often made difficult by confirmation bias, paradigm effects, and self-deception. The next challenge is deciding how to respond to error or allegations of error. Five options are covering upt he error, attacking critics who raised the error, explaining the error away, acknowledging the error in context, and making an unqualified apology. The appropriate choice depends on circumstances, including the significance of the eror and the likely responses of opponents.