Moral Development


Moral reasoning is discussed in the light of Stanley Milgram’s experiment.

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Year Produced: 1973
Running time: 28 minutes
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This film recreates Dr. Stanley Milgram’s classic experiment in which one of two participants is required to administer what he believes are high voltage electric shocks to the other participant. The moral dilemma of continuing or not continuing in the face of apparent suffering being inflicted serves to illustrate the development of moral awareness. The presenter analyses the responses in terms of Lawrence Kohlberg’s theory of moral development, which stresses the importance of moral reasoning in arriving at decisions: an adaptation of the experiment is shown to illustrate the effects of social learning on the person administering the electric shocks.

Milgram’s work puts in a nutshell the whole question of moral responsibility and accountability and has a special relevance to the role of armed forces acting under orders. Lawrence Kohlberg created a theory based on the idea that stages of moral development build on each other. Ref. Dr David Rosenhan, Professor of Psychology and Law, Stanford University.

This film was made in 1973, so the film and sound quality is not to modern standards. This should not diminish its value as a historic record.

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