Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Philosophy of Trust$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Paul Faulkner and Thomas Simpson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198732549

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732549.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 19 January 2022

Trust and Evidence

Trust and Evidence

(p.177) 11 Trust and Evidence
The Philosophy of Trust

Thomas Simpson

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues for an evidentialist constraint on trust: in some circumstances, it is rational for A to trust B to φ‎ only if, on A’s total evidence, it is likely that B will φ‎. For instance, on an expedition to the Antarctic whose success required a supply drop, one should trust the supplier only if one’s total evidence made it likely they would successfully execute the drop. The constraint does not always apply; ‘trust’ is equivocal, and there are other, more moralized notions of it. However, on those occasions when the evidential constraint applies, agents can or should refuse moral demands to trust which are unsupported by the evidence.

Keywords:   trust, trustworthiness, reasons, evidence, cognitive

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .