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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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Faith in Kant

Faith in Kant

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(p.251) 15 Faith in Kant
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The Philosophy of Trust
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Guy Longworth

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732549.003.0015

Trusting someone seems to require holding true that they can be relied upon, often in the absence of positive evidence that they are reliable. Can such holding true be reasonable? Kant claims that it can be reasonable to hold things true on practical, rather than evidential grounds. He thus provides a basis for claiming that it can be reasonable to hold true that someone can be relied upon in the absence of positive evidence of reliability. This chapter explains and defends Kant’s claim that there can be practical grounds for holding things true, and indicates how that claim might underwrite the reasonableness of trust.

Keywords:   trust, trustworthiness, evidence, reason, Kant, deciding

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