What is Ethical?
Asking if the Milgram experiment was ethical is like asking is the sky blue, it was incredibly unethical but was also an example of an age of medicine not too long ago. The greatest of the ethical issues lies with the psychological trauma on the “Teachers”, the teachers believed that they were hurting people and violating there personal morals just because of an authority figure. They may have understood at the end that they weren't actually hurting people but they still could view it as a violation of what they believed, this would be a memory that haunted them.
The ethics of prison is a conversation for another day, the Zimbardo experiment on the other hand can be summed up in one word “Traumatizing”. The mock prison although produced interesting results was massively traumatizing and dehumanizing for the prisoners. The prisoners shut down were humiliated, were physically abused, even sexually abused. For 6 days these prisoners were in a hellish environment. Ethically this experiment was a train wreck, destroying people and even the study giver.
These experiments were incredibly unethical and left negative long lasting impressions on all of the study participants. These studies although unethical, proved how human nature can cause normal people to abandon their morals. These findings proved how many atrocities throughout history could be perpetrated by normal men. I don’t believe that all of the damage the experiments did were worth it for the information. That being said I disagree with experiments but they happened and we cant change that so we should use the information gained.
If I was a sociologist I would research the ethical change of people in power (Politicians). Although corruption is “less” heard off in the United States, across the world especially in poor countries high ranking officials take bribes and embezzle at an extraordinary rate. My question to solve would be why do these politicians morals change so drastically between when they hold power and when they don’t hold power.