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Trust.
Analytic and Applied Perspectives.
Mäkelä, Pekka and Cynthia Townley (Eds.)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2013, XII, 149 pp.
Pb: 978-90-420-3680-2
€ 35 / US$ 49
eBook: 978-94-012-0941-0
€ 32 / US$ 45


Series:
Value Inquiry Book Series
 263
Nordic Value Studies



“Whatever matters to human beings, trust is the atmosphere in which it thrives” writes Sissela Bok. Although trust is ubiquitous, understanding trust is a non-trivial challenge.

Trust: Analytic and Applied Perspectives addresses critical and analytical issues of trust. It examines trust from a conceptual perspective as well as considers it in practical contexts ranging from the public sphere broadly understood to particular social institutions, such as universities and medical care.

Trust: Analytic and Applied Perspectives explores what kind of good trust is, what kind of goods it can protect and how it can bring about goods, and develops subtle distinctions between trust and other virtues, and between trust and other forms of dependence.

The pluralism of the volume reflects the diversity of the real world contexts and theoretical perspectives indispensable in the search of a deeper understanding of trust. Without such an understanding of the nature of trust and the good reasons why people might trust one another or the institutions, we are in danger of designing institutions that will reduce trust or even drive it out. Trust: Analytic and Applied Perspectives sheds new light on the intersecting dimensions of our social cooperation, in which trust can be responsibly undertaken.

Contents
Pekka Mäkelä and Cynthia Townley: Editors’ Introduction
Floora Ruokonen: Trust, Trustworthiness, and Responsibility
Karen Jones: Trusting Interpretations
Olli Lagerspetz and Lars Hertzberg: Trust in Wittgenstein
Simon Clarke: A Trust-Based Argument Against Paternalism
Timo Airaksinen: Trust and Risky Secrets
Cynthia Townley and Jay L. Garfield: Public Trust
Vittorio Pelligra: Can You Buy Trustworthiness?
Pekka Mäkelä: Desire for Esteem as Reason for Trust?
Per Ariansen: Trust in Nature and Trust in People: Necessity, Care, and Rightness
About the Contributors
Index