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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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‘Trust is Basic’

‘Trust is Basic’

Løgstrup on the Priority of Trust

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The Philosophy of Trust

Robert Stern

Oxford University Press

Trust is basic, Løgstrup claims. This chapter sets out four plausible interpretations of what he might mean by this. A psychological interpretation: children start out with a trusting attitude and learn to distrust. A transcendental interpretation: trust is a necessary condition of language and society, so must be the default attitude. An axiological interpretation: trust is an intrinsic good while distrust is a privation. And an ontological interpretation: trust is essential to the proper functioning of human life itself, and as such cannot be a norm or practice we have instituted for ourselves. It is argued that all four claims can be found in Løgstrup, but it is the last two which are most central to his view.

Keywords:   Løgstrup, trust, trustworthiness, transcendental arguments, life

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