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Complainant Name:
Professor Mark Addis

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Times


Professor Mark Addis complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice, about an article which he considered to have been inaccurate and misleading. The complainant believed the article misrepresented his views, particularly where it stated that he believed that "Aristotle was the most useful thinker for builders".


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

In reporting that Professor Mark Addis of Birmingham City University had received £34,000 to explore the place of philosophy in the building trade ("Taxpayers gave 38m for ‘doubtful' studies", Oct 7, 2013), we attributed to Professor Addis the view that "Aristotle was the most useful philosopher for builders". This was not intended to suggest that he advocates reading Aristotle on construction sites. Professor Addis's work is concerned with the ways in which mistaken ideas about knowledge lead to mistaken approaches to knowledge management. We are happy to make this clear .

Date Published: 14/03/2014

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