SS101_The Delimna of Obedience

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SS101 The Dilemma of Obedience Stanley Milgram obedience is as basic an element in the structure of social life as one can  point to obedience is the psychological mechanism that links individual action to  political purpose o it is the dispositional cement that binds men to systems of authority o ordinary citizens are ordered to destroy other people, and they do so  because they consider it their duty to obey orders conservative philosophers argue that the every fabric of society is threatened  by disobedience, and even when the act prescribed by an authority is an evil  one, it is better to carry out the act than to wrench at the structure of authority  o Hobbes states- an act so executed is in no sense the responsibility of  the person who carries it out but only of the authority that orders it  Experiment: subject (gives shocks), victim (actor/learner)
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2012 for the course CGS SS 101 taught by Professor Professormacgrath during the Fall '09 term at BU.

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