20th April 2018, 9:45-17:45
Organisers: Raquel Barradas de Freitas (MW Fellow, LAW), Sergio Lo Iacono (MW Fellow, SPS), Marta Morvillo (MW Fellow, LAW), Carolin Schmitz (MW Fellow, HEC)
Trust matters in the lives of individuals and political communities. It matters whether or not individuals trust one another. It matters that citizens justifiably trust their democratic representatives, if they do trust them. It matters also, both morally and politically, whether an exercise of authority is based on a genuine claim to trustworthiness.
As we witness a revival of an interest in trust in public life, politics, and the media, this is a particularly good moment for a group of scholars from different academic traditions and research fields to discuss the various dimensions of trust. On the one hand, political theorists and legal philosophers can benefit from drawing on the rich literature on trust in the social, cognitive, and economic sciences. On the other, new dimensions can be added to ongoing work of sociologists, historians, and economists by considering philosophical writings on the attitude of trust. There is much we can learn from each other. The workshop aims to contribute to a better understanding of trust and why it matters in personal relationships, social interactions, and political communities.
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