Trust: Analytic and Applied Perspectives

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Pekka Mäkelä, Cynthia Townley
Rodopi, 2013 - Philosophy - 149 pages
“Whatever matters to human beings, trust is the atmosphere in which it thrives” writes Sissela Bok. Although trust is ubiquitous, understanding trust is a non-trivial challenge. Trust: Analytic and Applied Perspectives addresses critical and analytical issues of trust. It examines trust from a conceptual perspective as well as considers it in practical contexts ranging from the public sphere broadly understood to particular social institutions, such as universities and medical care. Trust: Analytic and Applied Perspectives explores what kind of good trust is, what kind of goods it can protect and how it can bring about goods, and develops subtle distinctions between trust and other virtues, and between trust and other forms of dependence. The pluralism of the volume reflects the diversity of the real world contexts and theoretical perspectives indispensable in the search of a deeper understanding of trust. Without such an understanding of the nature of trust and the good reasons why people might trust one another or the institutions, we are in danger of designing institutions that will reduce trust or even drive it out. Trust: Analytic and Applied Perspectives sheds new light on the intersecting dimensions of our social cooperation, in which trust can be responsibly undertaken.
 

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Contents

ONE Trust Trustworthiness and Responsibility
1
TWO Trusting Interpretations
15
THREE Trust in Wittgenstein
31
FOUR A TrustBased Argument Against Paternalism
52
FIVE Trust and Risky Secrets
77
SIX Public Trust
95
SEVEN Can You Buy Trustworthiness?
108
EIGHT Desire for Esteem as Reason for Trust?
119
Necessity Care and Rightness
131
About the Contributors
143
Index
147
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