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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ONE Trust Trustworthiness and Responsibility
TWO Trusting Interpretations
THREE Trust in Wittgenstein
FOUR A TrustBased Argument Against Paternalism
FIVE Trust and Risky Secrets
SIX Public Trust
SEVEN Can You Buy Trustworthiness?
EIGHT Desire for Esteem as Reason for Trust?
Necessity Care and Rightness
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