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The Philosophy of Trust

Paul Faulkner and Thomas Simpson


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 its possibility. 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 makes the pooling ... More

Keywords: trust, trustworthiness, cooperation, ethics, epistemology, evidence, second- person, reactive attitudes, rationality, social philosophy

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198732549
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732549.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Faulkner, editor
University of Sheffield

Thomas Simpson, editor
Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

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1 Introduction

Paul Faulkner and Thomas Simpson

2 The Empowering Theory of Trust

Victoria McGeer and Philip Pettit

5 Betraying Trust

Collin O’Neil

7 The Problem of Trust

Paul Faulkner

9 Trust as a Two-Place Relation

Jacopo Domenicucci and Richard Holton

10 Deciding to Trust

Benjamin McMyler

11 Trust and Evidence

Thomas Simpson

15 Faith in Kant

Guy Longworth

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