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Dangers of Authority and Social Pressures - Hitler and Mussolini were both individuals that used social influences throughout history . Each of these evil villains used authority and social pressure to persuade and manipulate people into performing acts that they wouldn’t normally do . Hitler and Mussolini legitimized their authority through immoral actions and fear and abused their authority. This is important because authority and social pressures are one of the most dangerous combinations there are. The use of these two socially accepted tools have resulted in the deaths of more people, and lead to atrocities such as more genocides than any other social force....   [tags: Authority]
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Obedience to Authority - Authority cannot exist without obedience. Society is built on this small, but important concept. Without authority and its required obedience, there would only be anarchy and chaos. But how much is too much, or too little. There is a fine line between following blindly and irrational refusal to obey those in a meaningful position of authority. Obedience to authority is a real and powerful force that should be understood and respected in order to handle each situation in the best possible manner....   [tags: Authority]
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Blindly Obeying Authority - Introduction Individuals often yield to conformity when they are forced to discard their individual freedom in order to benefit the larger group. Despite the fact that it is important to obey the authority, obeying the authority can sometimes be hazardous especially when morals and autonomous thought are suppressed to an extent that the other person is harmed. Obedience usually involves doing what a rule or a person tells you to but negative consequences can result from displaying obedience to authority for example; the people who obeyed the orders of Adolph Hitler ended up killing innocent people during the Holocaust....   [tags: Authority]
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Finding a house with the Housing Authority - Copping an application was the easy part. I filled it out and returned it to the receptionist. I asked, "What happens next?" " You will be placed on a waiting list," she stated . Fearful of running out of time, I asked in concern, "Well, how long is the waiting list?" "At least twelve months," she answered without looking up from the monitor. I turned around to leave the building and get into my car. I just sat in the drivers sear with my hands on the steering wheel and I felt a tear run down my face and land in my lap....   [tags: Housing Authority, ] 523 words
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The Legitimate Authority Theory - Obedience is a form of social influence in which a person yields to explicit instructions or orders from an authority figure. Already at an early age we are taught to obey authority figures within our social groups through influences such as parents, teachers or even religious establishments. The Agency Theory (Milgram 1963) supports the idea that a person will obey the Authority figure and work as an agent for this authority figure under the implied possibility of there being no consequences to their actions as either the authority figure will take on no liability or said authority figure has justified these action therefore they are acceptable....   [tags: social influence, authority, authority figure]
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The Legitimate Authority of a Despot in the UK - ... Similarly, as mentioned above, my thesis is also supported by instrumentalism and positive liberty. For this purpose, instrumentalism claims, “the alleged subject is likely better to comply with reasons which apply to him, if he accepts the directives of the alleged authority as authoritatively binding and tries to follow them, rather than by trying to follow the reasons which apply to him directly (Raz 1985, p.19),” while positive liberty claims “every man is their own master and they are moved by reasons, by conscious purposes, which are their own, not by causes which affect them, as it were, from outside (Berlin 1969, p....   [tags: political authority, rule, autonomy]
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Power and Authority in "A Raisin in the Sun" - As I have written about over the last few months: A Raisin in the Sun is a play of many themes. Besides the central idea of the blacks trying to get out of the ghetto, it has many side plots. One of the most predominant of these side-plots is the role and effects of power and authority. In general, most people strive for power and control, whether they can handle it or not. Humans don’t like to be subservient to one another. The same idea applies in the play as well. Power and authority are always changing hands....   [tags: Raisin in the Sun, authority, ] 453 words
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Obedience to Authority by Stanley Milgram - Stanley Milgram’s 1963 studies into obedience have provided important and shocking insights into the power of authority. The study set out to discover how obedient people really are. Debate and controversy have surrounded the study since the results were first published. Predictions made by psychologists before the experiment proved dramatically inaccurate. The experiment led volunteers to believe they were administering increasingly painful and dangerous electric shocks to another volunteer for the purposes of a study on memory....   [tags: Obedience to Authority, 1974]
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A Review of Polities, Authority, Identities, and Change - Polities, Authority, Identities and Change yielded after more than 20 years of productive cooperation of Yale H. Ferguson and Richard W. Mansbach. Several years before publishing Policies, in their previous book The Elusive Quest: Theory and International Politics, Ferguson and Mansbach exposed the need for displaying an alternative approach to perceiving and interpreting relations among different polities, which served as a foundation for this book. (Ferguson & Mansbach, 1988). This fourth collaborative book came into light of the day as the reaction to the perceived increasing disparity between international relations academic knowledge (theory) and international relations practice (realit...   [tags: Authority, Identities, Change]
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Power and Authority Shape Spoken Language - Authority is ‘the power to require and receive submission (The Pocket English Dictionary); authority is used in many conversations every day and without authority power could not be exerted easily. Power, meaning ‘a position of control, authority or influence over others’ (The Pocket English Dictionary) and is usually used to gain control or influence. As well as everyday situations in many transcripts power and authority are shown by demonstrating different techniques, therefore I will scrutinise these and their uses in two transcripts....   [tags: Interviews, Power, Authority]
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Stanley Milgrim's Obedience to Authority Experiment - The experiment performed by Stanley Milgrim at Yale University was both fascinating and thought provoking. Milgrim’s famous experiment explored “Obedience to authority.” In his experiment Milgrim explained to his students what was going to happen. He told his students that they would be the “teacher” who was going to administer a volunteered “student “a word-pairing test. Milgrim told them for every incorrect answer the “student” gave they would give a shock to the “student”. Each shock would increase in voltage after every incorrect answer....   [tags: Stanley Milgrim, Obedience to Authority, Experimen] 765 words
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Banning Advertisements: The Advertising Standards Authority - The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is a self regulatory organisation who regulates the contents of every still advert created to make sure that they are suitable enough to let out into society. There are many reasons why the ASA could chose to ban an advert and these can include offense, moral turpitude, or indecency. Every year, the ASA receives in excess of 26,000 complaints and every week they are forced to make rulings on whether adverts that appear to flout its regulations should be banned or not....   [tags: Advertising Standards Authority, ASA, advertisemen] 918 words
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Authority Systems - Nowadays almost everyone totally or partly belong to a certain organization. It can be a school, a company, a factory or a military troop. Even people who do not live or belong to these small scale organization, they still live in the society, which is also a big organization, a political entity. That is to say that every people is just member of a certain organization. As the member of the organization, people can feel the consequences of power at every level. So the power of the organizations is a highly focused topic....   [tags: Power vs Authority] 2323 words
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Authority - Authority is a basic element in the structure of social life. It is more or less effective in any human interrelation. It is functional in a spectrum from a small group of individuals to a whole population of a society. Some aspect of authority is a requirement of all communal living, and it is only the individual dwelling in isolation that is not forced to respond, with defiance or obedience, to the commands of hierarchy. In a general view, authority couples with obedience and both of them seem to be two components of one package....   [tags: Analysis Social Structure Authority] 1503 words
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A Lack of Authority - An essential aspect of the autobiography is the writer’s authority to tell the story. Thomas De Quincey believes that has this authority with his work Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. He writes about his personal experience taking opium in a two part serial. This experience is what De Quincey thinks gives him the authority to talk about opium and its effects on the “opium-eater.” The title of his work, however, shows that De Quincey does not have the credibility to discuss the matters of opium because the title is misleading....   [tags: Thomas De Quincey, Autobiography]
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The Authority of Words - The Authority of Words In the tragic play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Antony uses the power of words as a tactic to skillfully persuade the people that Caesar’s death was unjustified. Caesar has been killed by the conspiracy because they thought he was too powerful to be kept alive. His most loyal friend Antony makes a speech in order to persuade the Romans the murder the conspiracy committed was wrong. He uses several techniques to captivate the audience and change their view on Caesar’s death....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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Classification of Authority - A French philosopher by the name of Bertrand de Jouvenel once said “The phenomenon called authority is at once more ancient and more fundamental than the phenomenon called state; the natural ascendancy of some men over others is the principle of all human organizations and all human advances”. Authority is and always has been present in human civilization in all aspects of life and in different forms. Authority can be classified into three categories: family or parental authority, organizational and bureaucratic authorities, and political authority....   [tags: Classification Essay, Social Studies] 559 words
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Obedience to Authority - The presence of an authoritative figure is present in nearly even human being’s life; along with this, is the expectation of obedience to that authority. Through this obedience, many great things have been accomplished, as well as many instances of cruel and immoral acts. Defiance of the established authority, though, has also lead to great things, such as the creation and founding of the United States of America. In his writing, Obedience to Authority, Stanley Milgram examines the obedience to authority without questioning or taking responsibility and the problems that lie in it....   [tags: Philosophy] 837 words
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Abuse of Authority - If Soldiers and leaders adhered to the Army Values and the Leadership Requirements Model, many ethical dilemmas that Noncommissioned Officers face on a daily basis would not occur. In the Army today, Soldiers constantly discuss values and leadership, unfortunately not everyone takes them seriously. The abuse of authority and command influence sometimes displayed by leaders puts subordinates into ethical dilemmas. Often, command influence will challenge the Loyalty, Duty, Respect, and Honor values that a leader attempts to live by....   [tags: Military]
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Obedience to Authority - During the Vietnam War, a unit of American Army soldiers invaded My Lai a South Vietnamese hamlet resources contended was the enemy Viet Cong stronghold. That day in May 1968 an estimated 347 unarmed civilians “including women and children” died as a result (Cantrell, 2007). My Lai became one of the most controversial situations of the long Viet Nam War. When the truth came out due to letters to the government describing the horror, two questions resulted. Understanding why some of the young American soldiers that day killed so many innocent civilians and why did so few in the unit try to save the lives of as many as they could require moral clarity....   [tags: Psychology]
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Exercise of Authority in Measure for Measure - ... In Lucio’s opinion, Angelo is a man completely lacking in feeling and passion. Being himself completely free from carnal desire, Angelo has taken too strict a view of Claudio’s breach of the law, says Lucio. Even Escalus does not find Angelo’s sentence of death against Claudio to be reasonable. Escalus pleads that the law should be used as pruning knife and not as an axe; but Angelo sticks to his decision about Claudio, saying that the law should not be treated as mere “scarecrow”. So far as we, the readers or spectators, are concerned, we share Escalus’s view that, in enforcing the law, due regard should be paid to all the circumstances in which the law has been violated....   [tags: Measure for Measure Essays]
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The Nature and Authority of Scripture - To forsake a God-given gift is not a good idea. God gave his word to the world. From Scripture, his word, comes revelation and understanding of not only who he is, but also who we are in him. Living without the knowledge and wisdom of Scripture would only lead to an unscrupulous and impure life. God gave his word to the world for a reason, and that gift should not be taken lightly. Through it he reveals the desire he has for the lives of his people. Because it is God’s word, Scripture is a guide that his people need to live by....   [tags: evangelicanism, liberalism, neo-orthodoxy]
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Current Research in Conforming to Authority - ... Milgram did not want future subjects to be contaminated by accounts from prior subjects about the true nature of the experiment, and so he withheld such information until the experiment was virtually over. A fuller explanation was mailed to subjects a year later” (Brannigan, 2013, p. 625). From the interviews Perry conducted, many subjects shared how traumatically disturbed they were right after the experiment and years beyond as well. For example, one subject reported, “the experiment left such an effect on me that I spent the night in a cold sweat and nightmares because of fears that I might have killed that man in the chair’ (Perry, 2012, p....   [tags: milgram's findings, obedience, authoritarianism]
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Power, Authority, and Accountability in Politics - When looking into the ideas of political theorists it is important to the use of political concepts that may play an important role in what the theorists are suggesting and also how they may affect the relationship between to state and the individuals living within a state. The concepts that will be looked at within this essay are: power, authority and also accountability. Power in politics is a person who has the ability to influence a person in terms of their behaviour; however they possess no right to - unlike authority....   [tags: Politics ]
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The Relevance and Authority of Scripture - The relevance and authority of scripture from three different viewpoints first evangelical with its strong emphasis on the Word of God it left little room to advance with the ever changing culture. Second the Liberal movement was all about cultural relevance and used only as a record of history. Each holds a valid argument Neo-Orthodox however is a good blend of both cultural relevance and scriptural foundation. The Issues Evangelical Evangelicalism carried a strong emphasis on the Word of God....   [tags: Evangelical, Liberal, Neo-Orthodox]
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Power, Authority and The State - Waking up on the typical Monday morning, I feel groggy and confused. What day is today. I think it over and realize it is the dreaded Monday. Wishing it was still Sunday, I slowly get up and, like a snail, complete my morning routine. On my way to Hunter, everything is the usual–waiting for the suddenly delayed train, rushing through the massive horde of people trying to transfer trains, and finally arriving at school along with hundreds of others. I notice that the train station has set up a table lined with police officers checking passengers’ “suspicious” bags....   [tags: power, legal, traditional, charismatic, Max Weber]
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The Struggle for Power and Authority - The development and use of power and authority are two of the basic concepts that indwell mankind. The two novels "Animal Farm" and "Lord of the Flies" both have main characters that uniquely manifest these attributes. Napoleon and Jack approach discipline in a dictorial manner by using intimidation, propaganda and fear while Snowball and Ralph apply a more democratic method when dealing with the animals. Napoleon and Snowball have different techniques and values on how leadership in life should be conducted....   [tags: Literary Themes]
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Consquences of a Pertinacious Authority - “The villain of any story is often the most compelling character” –John Hodgman. Hodgman quotes here that often in a story the villain is known to be the most overpowering character. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Judge Danforth, due to his misuse of privilege as a naïve dignitary, is the most villainous character in the play. This creates the tragedy in Salem because his ill-judgement and desire for power leads to the deaths of the accused citizens who in reality are innocent. One’s greed for power blinds their sense of pity for humanity which creates chaos in society because of their ignorance....   [tags: power, The Crucible, Arthur Miller, command]
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The Structure of Biblical Authority - In his book, Structure of Biblical Authority, Meredith Kline explains, describes, and defends the suzerain-vassal paradigm of the biblical covenant and canon of Scripture. Scripture’s authority, according to Kline is not merely related to its ontology (that God has spoken it); but in its basic economic form, Scripture is a covenantal document and therefore is authoritative. It is through this covenant that God binds himself to his covenant people and they to him. As our covenant suzerain, God sovereignly rules his vassals with covenant stipulations....   [tags: Meredith Kline, Biblical Covenants]
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The Chicago Transit Authority - Infrastructure is basic physical and organizational structure needed for the operation of services and facilities in society. It generally means to provide framework supporting an entire development of a particular project, for instance, infrastructure of public transport can be defined as better train and bus stations, fast and direct transit service, access to every place in city via train and busses Public transport is a service provided by the government of the city which is available use for general public....   [tags: infrastructure, services]
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Understanding Authority - In order to understand this paper we are first going to need to take a look at the word authority. Authority means “the power to determine, adjudicate, or otherwise settle issues or disputes; jurisdiction; the right to control, command, or determine.” ("authority.") This authority can come from a teacher, pastor, principle or anyone else that has the ability to control or command someone or something. The Biblical definition, states that authority is “the legal and/or moral right to exercise power, or power that is rightly possessed....   [tags: Scripture Analysis ]
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The Meaning of Authority - The Meaning of Authority Authority: This can be defined as the power or right to give orders or make decisions an example of this being used is "he has the authority to issue warrants". Authority is what maintains discipline; it enforces rules and regulations (helps to maintain it). Authority can come from one person or a group of people. Authority can have different meanings depending on the context in which it’s used in, it can mean: Y When somebody’s opinions is accepted because they have better knowledge on the subject area Y The right to enforce obedience on others Y Or when a person in authority passes power onto another person, then people foll...   [tags: Papers] 1797 words
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Dangerous Authority - Dangerous Authority Since the day you were born you have been slowly taught to obey authority. Parents set forth guidelines as you mature that you are expected to uphold for your own good. With all you have learned about obeying authority, it can become difficult for some individuals to see when to say no. Psychologist Stanley Milgram once said “obedience is a deeply ingrained behavior tendency, indeed a potent impulse overriding training in ethics, sympathy, and moral conduct” (359). Individuals can sometimes be blinded by their obedience to authority, and not see how they are being infringed upon, or how they are a weapon in abusing another....   [tags: Psychology] 875 words
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Authority versus Morality - The horrors of Holocaust persist through modern society’s collective memory as one of the greatest crimes against humanity. Till today, the question of how Nazi participants could act so brutally under the orders of Hitler still perplexes many people. In Obedience to Authority, psychologist Stanley Milgram discusses his series of experiments in 1960s that attempted to discover to what extent individuals would obey orders from authority, even when committing grievous offenses against morality....   [tags: Sociology] 1106 words
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Capital Market Authority - ... Role of the Capital Markets Authority 1. Licensing and supervising all the capital market intermediaries: that is to say the CMA has an obligation to give a permit (license) to the intermediaries in capital market and also has a duty to supervise them in their day to day dealings. Furthermore it approves public offers and listings of securities traded at the Nairobi Stock Exchange. Listing requirements for the NSE impose great costs for corporations that consider initial issues. This has led to the present situation where there are a limited number of fairly large issues....   [tags: kenya, stock exchange market]
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Malta Tourism Authority - ... New garden in Marsalforn. Restoration of rubble walls. Eco friendly lighting system. Building of water reservoirs. Society: Promoting and sustaining healthy lifestyles. Promotion of Gozo’s identity and healthy life. Healthy eating campaign. Young people in Gozo. Establishment of sailing school. Education. Economy: Promoting Gozo internationally. A human resources strategy for Gozo. Interpretation panels and audio visual equipment. Religious artifacts on public display. Valorizing the local heritage of a typical village....   [tags: tourism policy, tourism industry]
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Effective Use of Power, Influence and Authority - To compete in a global economy, organizations of all types are focusing on improving productivity, quality, and service. In each of these areas it is important to tap the talents of the available human resources in these organizations. Effective leaders must understand and depend on the interrelationship among organizational structure such as power, authority, influence and leadership. In addition how it abides in organizations and how it move others to accomplish the organization goals. Power is the ability to obtain, retain, and motivate people and to organize informational and material resources to accomplish a task( Leadership, n.d)....   [tags: Leadership Essay]
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Authority and Conformity: The Demon Hidden Within - ... Haslam and Reicher discuss the properties of Milgram’s studies and what authority can make someone do. Milgram found that when he asked normal well-adjusted men to administer shocks to people ranging from 15 volts to 450 volts, “All participants proved willing to administer shocks of 300V and 65% went all the way to 450V”(1). These men we “willing to kill a complete stranger simply because they were ordered to do so by an authority”(1). Now imagine the guards at the Nazi prison camps. They were also normal well-adjusted men who were will to massacre thousands of men, women, and children simply because they were told to do so by Adolf Hitler....   [tags: nazi, concentration camps, massacre]
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The Decline in Catholic Authority in the Fourteenth Century - For centuries historians have argued about what might have caused the decline in the fourteenth century Roman Catholic Church, and whether it was related to the Great Western Schism, or the Black Death and famine. While each of these events were devastating to Europe at the time, the majority of decline in authority and power of the church and pope lie within the anomaly of the Great Western Schism. According to much research a divide in power of the Catholic Church led to two strongly opposing popes claiming legitimacy....   [tags: Great Western Schism] 987 words
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Testing the Ability of Man to Resist Authority - Behavior throughout the military setting is marked by a unique absolutism. Whether it be by the assertion of the supposed “absolute power” held over each individual in lower rank, through dependent mindset pressed on incoming grunts or from the supposed “honor” that is derived from following orders unquestionably, the strict organization found within the military leads to many instances of blind obedience. Critically acclaimed drama, A Few Good Men, directed by Rob Reiner, has been analyzed by many for its numerous homages to absolutism within the militaristic setting....   [tags: Psychology]
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Clashes Between Monarch and Papal Authority - Medieval secular and papal rulers often crossed paths. Through the many clashes between monarch and papal authority, an overreaching struggle between ecclesiastical and secular powers is present. In fact, not since the earliest days of Christianity had the pope been a mere religious ruler. Some historians, such as Klaus Schatz and Brian Tierney, argue that the primacy of papal authority, when the papacy actively began extending its influence, is relegated to a specific era from 1050 to 1300. Gregory VII, Innocent III, Innocent IV, and Boniface VIII played important roles in promulgating the power of the papacy in many ways as well as the so-called lesser churches of Rome....   [tags: The Roman Catholic Church] 1096 words
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Appropriate Supporter for Political Authority Antigone - ... He simply asks questions and enables people to think critically; [this knowledge ties in with modern politics that involve public opinion and politicians who are suppose to inform and lead the people.] unnecessary Furthermore, Socrates demonstrates through his actions that he supports a political authority; although it may not be the current Athenian state, [he supports an authority that directs behavior and leads the public in the right direction] unclear. What authority are you referring to?....   [tags: platonic dialogue, antigone, socrates]
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Obedience to Authority vs. Personal Conscience - Stanley Milgram, conducted a study focusing on the conflict between obedience to authority and personal conscience. According to the study Migram suggested “that obedience we naturally show authority figures can transform us into agents of terror” (Migram, 1974/1994, p. 214). Milgram experiment was developed for the justification of the act of genocide in World War II. Many of the accomplices in the Holocaust said they were following in order given by Adolf Eichmann. Obedience to superiors is built onto the history of civilized society, and no culture worthy of the name has existed without stressing the respect that is due to legitimate authority of the duties of those in command....   [tags: Ethics] 863 words
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The Age of Enlightenment and Rebellion against Authority - The Age of Enlightenment saw many great changes in Western Europe. It was an age of reason and philosophes. During this age, changes the likes of which had not been seen since ancient times took place. Such change affected evert pore of Western European society. Many might argue that the Enlightenment really did not bring any real change, however, there exists and overwhelming amount of facts which prove, without question, that the spirit of the Enlightenment was one of change-specifically change which went against the previous teachings of the Catholic Church....   [tags: Age of Enlightenment, history, religion, ] 1011 words
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Antigone: An Interpretive Analysis on Conflicting Authority - Antigone: An interpretive analysis on conflicting authority Unlike poetic forms of literature, which do not require a conflict or a resolution in order to work, drama requires both elements in order to be successful. In Sophocles’ famous play, Antigone, it was conflict that drove the story along and it was the resounding resolution that left audiences with a gratifying feeling that hasn’t faltered for centuries. While the roles of both elements are indisputably important to the success of any play, however, there is still much disagreement among literary critics concerning the central conflict of Antigone....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Societal Authority in Jane Austen's Emma - However much we insist it is not true, our choices, actions, and thoughts are rarely uninfluenced by the conditions we are born into. Our culture and society play a huge role in the person we become, shaping our opinions and worldviews from birth. This truth is illustrated no better than in Jane Austen’s Emma. In Emma, Austen uses narrative style, characterization, and the plot device of word games to illustrate the ever-present power of hierarchical control. Emma's plot seemingly hovers around the superficial theme of strategic matchmaking....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Police Authority vs Individual Rights - It is easy for police to get caught up in the idea that it is them against the rest of society (Barkan, 2012). Many citizens in today’s democratic society have a negative or fearful view of our law enforcement. Think back to grade school, who was that one kid in class that everyone was annoyed by or despised. Most people would answer the teacher’s pet or the tattletale. We have grown up from a young age to have a negative view towards those that get us into trouble when we think we can get away with something we know is wrong....   [tags: Law Enforcement ]
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Power & Authority - Week 9 Essay 1 Power and Authority Although they are very closely related, power and authority are two different concepts. Power is needed in order to establish authority, yet it is also completely distinct from authority (Week 9 Study Notes). Power is defined in the course study notes as the “ability of individuals or groups to get what they want despite the opposition”. Power is derived from a variety of sources including knowledge, experience and environmental uncertainties (Denhardt et al, 2001)....   [tags: essays research papers] 410 words
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Obedience to Authority - Obedience to Authority Today our society raises us to believe that obedience is good and disobedience is bad. We are taught that we should all do what we’re told and that the people that are disobedient are almost always bad people. Society tells us this, but it is not true. Most people will even be obedient to the point of causing harm to others, because to be disobedient requires the courage to be alone against authority. In Stanley Milgram’s "Perils of Obedience" experiment, his studies showed that sixty percent of ordinary people would agree to obey an authority figure even to the point of severely hurting another human being....   [tags: Papers Stanley Milgram]
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Authority and Obedience - Authority and Obedience Thesis: We consciously or unconsciously obey authority in all walks of life on a daily basis. Obedience is when there is legitimate power, there is pressure to comply. Compliance with that which is required by authority; subjection to rightful restraint or control. Authority being the legal or rightful power; a right to command or enforce obedience on another. This essay shall discuss, explore and evaluate the explanations as to why people obey authority....   [tags: Psychology Stanley Milgram]
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The Power and Authority of the Government - The Power and Authority of the Government Power can be seen as the capacity of a government to get its citizens to comply with it. Power is quite broadly used and can even be seen as obedience as this shows a deliberate self restraint of citizens that might otherwise resist the government. It has a direct connection with authority as authority carries the implication that the institution that has power is supported in its decisions by a substantial amount of people and therefore should be obeyed whether or not the individual agrees with it....   [tags: Papers] 842 words
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Australian Broadcasting Authority - Law - Australian Broadcasting Authority Have you ever wondered who regulates what we see on tv and the internet, and what we hear on the radio. Ever thought about if the content of what we watch on tv follows a set of compulsory standards. Well, you will no longer have to ponder over these questions because today we will be telling you all about the organization which is responsible for these things: the Australian Broadcasting Authority, commonly termed the ABA. Firstly, we will be outlining the mission statement of the organization, so that you may understand the general idea of why this organization exists....   [tags: Telecommunications] 1189 words
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