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Trust : A Very Short Introduction - Katherine Hawley


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 23rd August 2012
ISBN: 9780199697342
Number Of Pages: 144

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Trust is indispensable to our everyday lives, yet it can be dangerous. Without trusting others, we cannot function in society, or even stay alive for very long, but being overly trustful can leave us open to exploitation and abuse. And not only is trust pragmatic, but it also has a moral dimension: trustworthiness is a virtue, and well-placed trust benefits us all. In this Very Short Introduction, philosopher Katherine Hawley explores the key ideas about trust and distrust. 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. Considering questions such as "Why do we value trust?" and "Why do we want to be trusted rather than distrusted?" Hawley illuminates the importance of trust in the personal and public spheres. Moreover, she draws on a range of research to show how trust stands at the center of many disciplines, including biology, psychology, and game theory. The book also examines the evolutionary aspects of trust.

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

ISBN: 9780199697342
ISBN-10: 0199697345
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 23rd August 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.3  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.12

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