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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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The Empowering Theory of Trust

The Empowering Theory of Trust

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(p.14) 2 The Empowering Theory of Trust
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The Philosophy of Trust
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Victoria McGeer

Philip Pettit

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732549.003.0002

The standard theory of trust assumes that in trusting you I activate a standing disposition to respond to my trust. But a number of considerations support the idea that, even if you have such a standing disposition, my trusting you can have two effects. One, any such act may enhance your disposition, making you temporarily or enduringly more trust-responsive than any standing disposition would predict on its own. And two, exposure to acts of trust may reinforce this disposition, making it more durable in the face of possible disrupters. This empowering view of trust implies that responsiveness to trust is an ecological capacity that depends on context as well as individual character; that achieving such responsiveness is always a work-in-progress; and that in supporting one another’s trust-responsiveness, we may find reasons of a moral kind to extend our trust to one another.

Keywords:   trust, trustworthiness, disposition, capacity, empowerment, dependability, durability

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