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Katherine Hawley

How to Be Trustworthy

Oxford University Press 2019

New Books in PhilosophyNew Books in Politics & Society January 31, 2020 Robert Talisse

It is obvious that in our day-to-day lives, a lot hangs on trust, and thus on whether those around us are trustworthy.  Yet there...

It is obvious that in our day-to-day lives, a lot hangs on trust, and thus on whether those around us are trustworthy.  Yet there are several philosophical issues surrounding trust and trustworthiness.  For example, is trusting someone different from relying on them?  Correspondingly, is being trustworthy different from being reliable?  Assuming that there is a difference, in what does the difference consist?  What renders one worthy of trust?  Is our trustworthiness something under our control?

In How to Be Trustworthy (Oxford University Press, 2019), Katherine Hawley explores many of the central questions one might ask about trust and trustworthiness, proposing an account according to which being trustworthy is a matter of avoiding unfulfilled commitment.