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How To Be Trustworthy

Katherine Hawley


The book articulates and defends a core notion of trustworthiness as avoiding unfulfilled commitments. This is motivated via accounts of both trust and distrust in terms of perceived commitment. Avoiding unfufilled commitments is crucial both to practical trustworthiness, and to trustworthiness in speech; on this picture, assertion involves promising to speak truthfully, and simultaneously either keeping that promise or breaking it. Both assertion and the incurring of practical commitments are governed by competence norms, as well as norms of sincerity. So what should we do if we want to be tr ... More

Keywords: trust, distrust, trustworthiness, commitment, promises, assertion, uncertainty, social power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198843900
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843900.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Hawley, author
University of St Andrews

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