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Do the ends justify the means as Milgram claimed following the critisim of his obedience authority experiment?

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Do the ends justify the means as Milgram claimed following the criticism of his obedience to authority experiments ?


Gillian Codling 21 October 2003







Following the horrors of Nazi Germany, it was a widely held belief that the German people were different in the fact that they would obey authority regardless of the actions they were asked to carry out.
Stanley Milgram, a Psychologist, conducted a study at Yale from 1961 – 1962 to test this theory to show that society on a whole is obedient to authority. Milgram made people believe they were entering a study investigating memory and learning when in fact it was a study in obedience.
There were to be two participants in this study, a teacher and a student under constant observation by an experiment official dressed in a white lab coat. The student was strapped to a chair and the teacher would read a list of pairs and then read them back. If the student got one wrong th...

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