The Philosophy of Trust

Hardcover | April 1, 2017

EditorPaul Faulkner, Thomas Simpson

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Trust is central to our social lives. We know by trusting what others tell us. We act on that basis, and on the basis of trust in their promises and implicit commitments. So trust underpins both epistemic and practical cooperation and is key to philosophical debates on the conditions of itspossibility. It is difficult to overstate the significance of these issues. On the practical side, discussions of cooperation address what makes society possible - of how it is that life is not a Hobbesian war of all against all. On the epistemic side, discussions of cooperation address what makesthe pooling of knowledge possible - and so the edifice that is science. But trust is not merely central to our lives instrumentally; trusting relations are themselves of great value, and in trusting others, we realise distinctive forms of value. What are these forms of value, and how is trustcentral to our lives? These questions are explored and developed in this volume, which collects fifteen new essays on the philosophy of trust. They develop and extend existing philosophical discussion of trust and will provide a reference point for future work on trust.

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Trust is central to our social lives. We know by trusting what others tell us. We act on that basis, and on the basis of trust in their promises and implicit commitments. So trust underpins both epistemic and practical cooperation and is key to philosophical debates on the conditions of itspossibility. It is difficult to overstate the ...

Paul Faulkner is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. The focus of his research is the epistemology of testimony and he is the author of Knowledge on Trust (Oxford University Press). Tom Simpson is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, and Senior Research Fellow, Wadh...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.1 inPublished:April 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Peter Faulkner and Thomas Simpson: Introduction2. Victoria McGeer and Philip Pettit: The Empowering Theory of Trust3. Stephen Darwell: Trust as a Second-Personal Attitude (of the Heart)4. Edwardas S. Hinchman: On the Risks of Resting Assured: An Assurance Theory of Trust5. Colin O'Neil: Betraying Trust6. Karen Jones: "But I was counting on you!"7. Peter Faulkner: The Problem of Trust8. Bernd Lahno: Trust and Collective Agency9. Jacopo Domenicucci and Richard Holton: Trust as a Two-Place Relationship10. Benjamin McMyler: Deciding on Trust11. Thomas Simpson: Trust and Evidence12. Philip J. Nickel: Being Pragmatic about Trust13. David Owens: Trusting a Promise and Other Things14. Katherine Hawley: Trustworthu Groups and Organisations15. Guy Longworth: Faith in Kant16. Robert Stern: 'Trust is Basic' : Logstrup on the Priority of Trust