Trustworthiness and Consensus

Keith Lehrer

in Self-Trust

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236658
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679322 | DOI:
Trustworthiness and Consensus

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This chapter turns to a more general consideration of the relationships between the self and others, with the purpose of enclosing ourselves and others within the keystone loop of trust and trustworthiness. The question of whether a person is worthy of trust or is trustworthy arises most naturally concerning others. As we trust others and evaluate whether they are worthy of our trust, however, we trust ourselves and accept that we are worthy of our trust in making that judgement. Finally, as a result of considering others worthy of our trust, we modify ourselves and become more worthy of our own trust as a result of trusting them. Consideration of our relations to others, in addition to its intrinsic interest, has special implications for the keystone loop of self-trust, trust of others, and the trustworthiness of ourselves and others for ourselves and others. We then enclose the trust of others and the trustworthiness of others within the keystone loop.

Keywords: self; others; trust; trustworthiness; worthy; judgement

Chapter.  8417 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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