Adaptation and Obedience

Milgram: Theme and Variations

Morality is often understood as a “natural” brake on evil. In social reality, however, the situation is frequently exactly the opposite. Also the opposite than experts in psychiatry and psychology imagine. Morality, in connection with authority and shifting responsibility, can favour evil.

Stanely Milgram’s 23 variations of the basic test were designed to try to isolate the factors that most effectively convert morality into obedience. We look at 6 of these in more detail.


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