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Building Trust: In Business, Politics, Relationships, and Life

Robert C. Solomon and Fernando Flores


Everyone agrees that trust is essential for decent human relationships, but our understanding of trust too often collapses in platitudes and falsehoods. It is typically treated as some sort of inarticulate bond between people, a social “glue” or interpersonal lubricant. In what Francis Fukuyama has famously called “high trust” societies, it functions as a kind of cultural “atmosphere” or “climate.” In personal relationships, we usually confuse trust with an unthinking, taken‐for‐granted attitude of unquestioning acceptance, or what we call “simple trust,” like the trust of a child for its pare ... More

Keywords: emotion, Fernando Flores, forgiveness, globalization, personal relationships, philosophy, reliance, resentment, Robert Solomon, trust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195161113
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195161114.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert C. Solomon, author
University of Texas, Austin

Fernando Flores, author

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