- Series: Perennial Classics
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reprint edition (June 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006176521X
- ISBN-13: 978-0061765216
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 86 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View (Perennial Classics) Reprint Edition
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THE INSPIRATION FOR THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE THE EXPERIMENTER
“The classic account of the human tendency to follow orders, no matter who they hurt or what their consequences.” — Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World
In the 1960s Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram famously carried out a series of experiments that forever changed our perceptions of morality and free will. The subjects—or “teachers”—were instructed to administer electroshocks to a human “learner,” with the shocks becoming progressively more powerful and painful. Controversial but now strongly vindicated by the scientific community, these experiments attempted to determine to what extent people will obey orders from authority figures regardless of consequences. “Milgram’s experiments on obedience have made us more aware of the dangers of uncritically accepting authority,” wrote Peter Singer in the New York Times Book Review. Featuring a new introduction from Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who conducted the famous Stanford Prison Experiment, Obedience to Authority is Milgram’s fascinating and troubling chronicle of his classic study and a vivid and persuasive explanation of his conclusions.
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when they are given a moral imperative that in their opinion outweighs the dictates of their own conscience. In this book the overriding moral imperative presented is the advance of medicine, which the subjects are led to believe they are furthering by taking part in Milgram's experiment and following his commands.
If you want to understand not just what we know, but how we find out things about the world, read this book.
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