Civilization and Obedience

Civilization and Obedience : On the Normality of Evil

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The author looks at the question of authorized crime, such as the Holocaust, and why people so often act against the dictates of their conscience for the sake of doing what they are told. Using as his starting point the work of Stanley Milgram, whose experiments he concludes are conceptually and methodologically flawed, the author argues that obedient behaviour is entirely explicable, that its origins are to be found in the very structure of our society. The book contends that our so-called free democracies, being organized hierarchically - with superiors and inferiors - are of necessity unfree, and that only with radical changes in the social organization of all civilized societies will people begin to think of saying "no" to authorized commands that they believe are wrong.
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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745303315
  • 9780745303314

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