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Trust: A Very Short Introduction

Katherine Hawley

August 2012

ISBN: 9780199697342

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Katherine Hawley explores the key ideas about trust in this Very Short Introduction. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines including philosophy, psychology, and evolutionary biology, she emphasizes the nature and importance of trusting and being trusted, from our intimate bonds with significant others to our relationship with the state.

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Katherine Hawley explores the key ideas about trust in this Very Short Introduction. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines including philosophy, psychology, and evolutionary biology, she emphasizes the nature and importance of trusting and being trusted, from our intimate bonds with significant others to our relationship with the state.

  • Explores the concept of trust; a key social and cultural issue
  • Draws on a range of disciplines to show how trust is at the centre of many concepts, including biology, psychology, and even game theory
  • Reflects on the nature and importance of trust - why do we value it? why do we want to be trusted, rather than distrusted?
  • Explores the practical and personal consequences of trusting and being trusted
  • Considers the evolutionary aspects of trust and its impacts
  • Part of the best-selling Very Short Introductions series - over five million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Katherine Hawley, Professor of Philosophy, University of St Andrews

Katherine Hawley is Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews and Head of the School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies. She is the author of How Things Persist (OUP, 2001) and co-editor of Philosophy of Science Today (with Peter Clark, OUP, 2003).

Table of Contents

    Prologue: Trust and distrust at the breakfast table
    1:What are trust and distrust?
    2:Why trust and trustworthiness matter
    3:Evolving trust and cooperation
    4:Take the money and run
    5:Honesty and dishonesty
    6:Knowledge and expertise
    7:Trust on the internet
    8:Institutions, conspiracies, and nations
    Afterword: The importance of being trustworthy
    References
    Further reading