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The Philosophy of Trust$
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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

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Trustworthy Groups and Organizations

Trustworthy Groups and Organizations

(p.230) 14 Trustworthy Groups and Organizations
The Philosophy of Trust

Katherine Hawley

Oxford University Press

We speak colloquially of trusting or distrusting groups (of various kinds) and institutions: people over the age of thirty, bankers, the Warren Commission, the BBC, the IMF. Such talk is central to public debate about trust and trustworthiness. This chapter draws upon recent literature in the epistemology of groups, to propose that, in considering group testimony, all that matters is a group’s reliability. Several counter arguments to this view, both epistemological and ethical, are considered and rejected.

Keywords:   trust, trustworthiness, groups, testimony, reliability

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