Obedience to Authority: The Experiment That Challenged Human Nature

HarperCollins, 11 jul 2017 - 245 páginas
A special edition reissue of the landmark study of humanity’s susceptibility to authoritarianism.

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 . . .

A part of Harper Perennial’s special “Resistance Library” highlighting classic works that illuminate our times

The inspiration for the major motion picture Experimenter

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Cover Title Page Dedication Experiments
Foreword to the Harper Perennial Modern Thought Edition Preface
The Dilemma of Obedience
Method of Inquiry
Expected Behavior
Closeness of the Victim
Individuals Confront Authority 6 Further Variations and Controls 7 Individuals Confront Authority II
Role Permutations
Group Effects
Why Obedience?An Analysis
Applying the Analysis to the Experiment
Strain and Disobedience
Is Aggression the Key?
Problems of Method
About the Author

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Stanley Milgram taught social psychology at Yale University and Harvard University before becoming a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His honors and awards include a Ford Foundation fellowship, an -American Association for the Advancement of Science sociopsychological prize, and a Guggenheim fellowship. He died in 1984 at the age of fifty-one.

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