Chapter

Trusting A Person

Benjamin McMyler

in Testimony, Trust, and Authority

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199794331
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914616 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794331.003.0005
Trusting A Person

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One might object to the interpersonal account of the epistemology of testimony developed in chapters 2 and 3 by arguing that relations of interpersonal trust are a matter for ethics, not epistemology. Indeed, theorists of trust often claim that there is an inherent tension between interpersonal trust and theoretical rationality. This chapter argues that this is not the case. Interpersonal trust can be aptly construed as a form of belief justified in virtue of the very same kind of interpersonal relations that serve to justify testimonial belief.

Keywords: trust; rationality; belief; propositional attitudes; the second person; bipolar normativity

Chapter.  15219 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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