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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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Being Pragmatic about Trust

Being Pragmatic about Trust

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(p.195) 12 Being Pragmatic about Trust
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The Philosophy of Trust
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Philip J. Nickel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732549.003.0012

Trust should be able to explain cooperation, and its failure should help explain the emergence of cooperation-enabling institutions. This is the proposed methodological constraint on theorizing about trust. The satisfaction of this constraint can then be used to differentiate theories of trust with the better theories being able to explain cooperation more generally and effectively. What follows is the superiority of unrestricted views of trust, which take trust to be no more than the disposition to rely on others, over restrictive views, which require the trusting person to have some further attitude in addition to this disposition. The same methodological constraint also favours some restrictive views over others.

Keywords:   trust, trustworthiness, cooperation, belief, explanation of social phenomena

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