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Published: 07 May 2009

160 Pages


ISBN: 9780199217922

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Self-Interest and the Common Good

Marek Kohn

  • Trust, or the lack of it, is becoming an increasingly prominent issue in public life: with relationships and technology moving faster, and with frequent political scandals and health scares
  • This short, yet broad-ranging and thought-provoking book examines what makes trust possible, what helps it grow, and why we are especially concerned about it in a fast-moving, fast-changing, globalized society
  • Looks at the evolutionary origins of trust, and the puzzle of how language could have evolved when 'words are cheap', and we have such a capacity to deceive each other
  • Explores many different perspectives from the fields of science, sociology, economics, and politics, to draw out the wider implications for trust in human society today.
  • Argues that trust is a crucial part of an increasingly essential and interesting conversation about happiness, community, equality and respect

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