Obedience to Authority

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Write an essay in which you attempt to answer Fromm’s question “ Why is man so prone to obey and why is it so difficult for him to disobey?” You should base some of your ideas on the class readings (Asch, Milgram, Zimbardo, Fromm), but make sure you have an original thesis. Try to use specific and relevant examples to support your ideas (i.e. Nazis, gangs, government laws, the military, education…) How do you feel? What are your views?
More “personal” rather than “factual”

*The essay must be typed, double-spaced, and must follow MLA guidelines.
*You must have an explicitly stated thesis.
*You must use at least four direct quotations from the readings.
*Outline and strong thesis are required.

The materials use in class.
-Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem by Erich Fromm
-Opinions and Social Pressure by Solomon E. Asch
-The Perils of Obedience by Stanley Milgram.
-The Stanford Prison Experiment by Philp G.Zimbardo

I will send you “Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem by Erich Fromm”,
“The Perils of Obedience by Stanley Milgram”,” Opinions and Social Pressure by Solomon E. Asch”.
But you have to search “The Stanford Prison Experiment by Philp G.Zimbardo” by yourself.

Description

Obedience is considered to be one of the basic elements that comprise structure of social life. Obedience refers to the aspect of conforming or not conforming to the laid down rules by the authority. In every society which has more than one member, there is a system of authority in place that defines how individuals relate to one another and how they carry out their daily activities. Any individual member of the society has an obligation, either by defiance or by submission, to set out rules that govern the society.  Obedience is perceived as a deeply engrained behavior or tendency to respond to moral conduct of social ethics. Although obedience is considered a force that emanate from our morals, it is however influenced by external forces including authority and people we tend to associate with.