Rethinking the Classic ‘Obedience’ Studies

Pacific Standard Tom Jacobs Stanley Milgram’s 1961 obedience experiments and the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment are legendary. But new research adds new wrinkles to our understanding of allegiance and evil. November 25, 2012 They are among the most famous of all psychological studies, and together they paint a dark portrait of human nature. Widely disseminated ...

Evil, part 4: the social dimension

GuardianClare Carlisle Does contemporary society give rise to conditions more conducive to evil than in the past? November 5, 2012 So far in this series I’ve considered evil as if it were an individual matter – a question of personal virtue, or the lack of it. In emphasising the relationship between sin and freedom, Christian philosophers such ...