Analysis Of Stanley Milgram 's Experiment On Obedience And Authority

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Stanley Milgram’s experiment was to test people’s obedience to authority. The most accepted explanation for obedience to authority is “the authoritarian personality, which hypothesized that certain kinds of childhood experiences of a strict, Teutonic cast produced people who would do anything to anyone if instructed” (Slater 31). However, Milgram believed that “the answer to destructive obedience lay less in the power of personality and more in the power of situation” (Slater 31). In Milgram’s personal view he thought that in “any especially persuasive situation could cause any rational human being to abandon moral precepts and, on orders, commit atrocities” (Slater 31). To test whether his hypothesis was true Milgram conducted an experiment that consisted of him gathering many volunteers and creating “a fake but convincing shock machine” (Slater 31). Therefore, having his volunteers administer what they believed to be lethal levels of electricity to the person in the chair, which was just an actor who pretended to be in a great deal of pain, and even faked death. Milgram not only deceived his subjects, but he deceived them enough to make them throw their morals to the side and inflict what they believed to be serious harm on another human. Majority of people get their morals from their parents or people that really inspire them to become a better person, and to live to a high standard. Also, “the roots of our moral sense--of honesty, altruism, compassion, generosity and…

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