Is morality partially derived from authority?

  1. Or, "not another morality thread!" Sorry... but there's no harm in asking, right? :P

    People perceive actions as right or wrong based on (in part) what those whom they consider authority do or say in relevance to those actions.
     
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  2. jcsd
  3. Ryan_m_b

    Staff: Mentor

    There's nothing wrong with a thread about ethics so long as it is absolutely free of any personal theories/ideas and sticks to referencing actual research.

    Regarding your question you may be interested in reading about the Milgram experiment and the Stanford prison experiment. Both death with morality under authoritarian conditions but note that both involve controversial experimental methods and their findings, whilst interesting, aren't definitive.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment
     
  4. Those experiments were actually part of the base for my speculations, for which I apologize. Would you be aware of any place where those would be invited? I thought instead of starting an obsession I should discuss this with a professional, but I stumbled in excitement.
     
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