Is it good to be trusting, or should we be wary of trusting others? Trust seems to be the basis of large-scale social cooperation and even of democracy itself, but in recent years many commentators and researchers have lamented the dawn of a post-trust era. Edited by David Collins, Iris Vidmar Jovanović, and Mark Alfano, The Moral Psychology of Trust examines trust from a variety of perspectives in philosophy and the social sciences. The contributors explore topics such as the nature of trust and its connection to a range of other emotions, conditions under which it is good to be trusting and trustworthy, and what role trust might play in our intellectual, moral, and political lives. The chapters apply theoretical perspectives on trust to a number of issues of current concern, including how trust can and should function in conditions of social oppression, trust and technology, trust and conspiracy theories, the place of trust in medical ethics, and the ethics of trust in a variety of interpersonal relationships.
David Collins is postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford.
Iris Vidmar Jovanović is assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rijeka.
Mark Alfano is associate professor of philosophy at Macquarie University.
Introduction: The Centrality of Trust in Moral and Social Life, by David Collins, Iris Vidmar Jovanović, and Mark Alfano
Part I: Theoretical Issues in the Moral Psychology of Trust
Chapter 1. Trust, Demographic Thresholds, and Cooperation in Social Evolution, by Charles Stanish
Chapter 2. A Phenomenological Analysis of Trust and Betrayal, by J. Keeping
Chapter 3. Trusting is Believing, by Miriam Schleifer McCormick
Chapter 4. Trusting Our Moral Intuitions, by Nenad Miščević
Chapter 5. On the Human Necessity of Trusting: A Case for Viewing Trust as a Neo-Aristotelian Virtue, by Tiger Ziyu Zheng
Chapter 6. Trust, Mistrust, and Autonomy, by Edward Hinchman and Andrea Westlund
Part II: Trust and Distrust in Conditions of Oppression
Chapter 7. Towards a Feminist Theory of Distrust, by Hale Demir-Doğuoğlu and Carolyn McLeod
Chapter 8. Self-Deception, Strategic Self-Distrust, and Oppression, by Jordan MacKenzie
Chapter 9. Dialogical Trust and Procedural Justice, by Natalie Stoljar
Part III: Trust in Organizations, Institutions, and Technology
Chapter 10. The Psychological Dynamics of Trust, With Applications to the Crisis of Trust in Organizations, by Marc A. Cohen
Chapter 11. Conspiracy Theories and Public Trust, by Brian L. Keeley
Chapter 12. Engineering Trustworthiness in the Online Environment, by Hugh Desmond
Chapter 13. OK, Google, Can I Trust You? An Anti-Trust Argument for Antitrust, by Trystan S. Goetze
Chapter 14. Institutional Trust in Medicine in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, by Michał Klincewicz
Part IV: Applied Issues of Interpersonal Trust
Chapter 15. Trusting at the End: Mosaic Trust and Dementia, by Em Walsh
Chapter 16. Trust, Attachment, and Monogamy, by Andrew Kirton and Natasha McKeever
Chapter 17. Trust in the Artist and the Audience: Aesthetic Virtue and the Hermeneutics of Faith, by David Collins and Iris Vidmar Jovanović
The Moral Psychology of Trust, edited by Collins, Jovanović, and Alfano, explores engaging moral questions regarding trust. The book is organized in four parts, each comprising up to six chapters written by different contributing authors. Chapters in part 1 deal with metaethical and metaphysical questions of trust, discussing, for example, its possible evolutionary origins and connection to free will. Part 2 looks at philosophical issues such as trust under oppression; part 3 examines trust in the context of various institutions (including technology providers, i.e., Google), while part 4 explores trust in personal relationships. There's a lot to like here: Nenad Miščević's chapter on trusting our moral intuitions and Tiger Ziyu Zheng's chapter arguing for a Neo-Aristotelian account of trust are especially notable—both in part 1. Recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals.
This is an extremely valuable volume, both deepening the philosophical conversation about trust, and broadening it beyond philosophy.