What is the importance of trust for human social life? What role does trust play in morality, in political arrangements, and in our attempts to gain knowledge and understand the world? When should we trust others, and when is withholding trust or mistrusting others warranted? While philosophers have recently turned their attention to such questions, they have generally overlooked what important thinkers throughout the history of philosophy have said on the topic of trust. Edited by David Collins, Iris Vidmar Jovanović, and Mark Alfano, Perspectives on Trust in the History of Philosophy brings together examinations of the views on trust that can be found in several major philosophers, from the ancient world up to the twentieth century and from across the globe. With a focus on the moral and social dimensions of trust, this collection includes perspectives from Chinese, Indian, and African philosophies, and the contributors examine how thinkers such as Confucius, Aristotle, Hobbes, Hume, Smith, Kant, Nietzsche, Løgstrup, and Murdoch have thought about trust and trustworthiness. This book demonstrates that good philosophical work on trust must be historically informed.
David Collins is postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford.
Iris Vidmar Jovanović is associate professor and chair in aesthetics in the Department of Philosophy, University of Rijeka.
Mark Alfano is associate professor of philosophy at Macquarie University.
Chapter 1. A Confucian Account of Trustworthiness
Chapter 2. Aristotle on Friendship and Trust
Corinne Gartner and Wania Ahmad
Chapter 3. How the Buddha Earns his Disciples’ Trust (According to Some Pāli Nikāya Texts)
Chapter 4. Mutual Trust and the Foundations of African Communalism
Chapter 5. Credulity, Diffidence, and Civil Trust in Hobbes
Chapter 6. David Hume and Adam Smith on the Nature and Functions of Trust and Trustworthiness
Chapter 7. The Obligation to be Trustworthy and the Ability to Trust: An Investigation into Kant’s Scattered Remarks on Trust
Esther Oluffa Pedersen
Chapter 8. Nietzsche on Trust and Mistrust
Chapter 9. Løgstrup and the Sovereignty of Trust
Chapter 10. Iris Murdoch: Trust in the World
Addressing a larger range of authors and traditions than have usually been considered in the literature on trust in analytic philosophy, the series of careful treatments in this volume is extremely valuable.