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Dudley Dowell
ethics
milgram experiment
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Wed, Dec 31, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Milgram Experiment on obedience - Ethical? Why or why not? If not, is there a version of this that could be done in today's era that WOULD be ethical?


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This actually was recreated a few years back by Jerry Burger. You can find links at http://burger.socialpsychology.org/. In short, he made some modifications to a) include a much more diverse participant pool and b) stopped the experiment at the 150v mark (instead of the "XXX" 450v). The results? Pretty much the same as Milgram's.

We need to avoid the fallacy of anachronism—judging an action of yesterday by today's moral/ethical standards. In retrospect, Milgram's experiment certainly does violate many of the ethical standards now detailed by the APA, but back then no such ethical rules existed. Ethics are culture and time specific. There was some reaction to Milgram's experiment in his time, but nowhere what we see today.
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