1st Edition

Trust in Epistemology

Edited By Katherine Dormandy Copyright 2020
    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    Trust is fundamental to epistemology. It features as theoretical bedrock in a broad cross-section of areas including social epistemology, the epistemology of self-trust, feminist epistemology, and the philosophy of science. Yet epistemology has seen little systematic conversation with the rich literature on trust itself. This volume aims to promote and shape this conversation. It encourages epistemologists of all stripes to dig deeper into the fundamental epistemic roles played by trust, and it encourages philosophers of trust to explore the epistemological upshots and applications of their theories. The contributors explore such issues as the risks and necessity of trusting others for information, the value of doing so as opposed to relying on oneself, the mechanisms underlying trust’s strange ability to deliver knowledge, whether depending on others for information is compatible with epistemic responsibility, whether self-trust is an intellectual virtue, and the intimate relationship between epistemic trust and social power.

    This volume, in Routledge’s new series on trust research, will be a vital resource to academics and students not just of epistemology and trust, but also of moral psychology, political philosophy, the philosophy of science, and feminist philosophy – and to anyone else wanting to understand our vital yet vulnerable-making capacity to trust others and ourselves for information in a complex world.


    1. Introduction: An Overview of Trust and Some Key Epistemological Applications

    The Value of Trust and Self-Trust

    2. Thomas Simpson, Locke on Trust

    3. Elizabeth Fricker, Epistemic and Practical Dependence and the Value of Skills or: Satnavs, Good or Bad?

    Trust in Testimony

    4. John Greco, The Role of Trust in Testimonial Knowledge

    5. Arnon Keren, Trust, Preemption and Knowledge

    6. Jesper Kallestrup, Groups, Trust and Testimony

    Trust and Epistemic Responsibility

    7. Heidi Grasswick, Reconciling Epistemic Trust and Responsibility

    8. Benjamin McCraw, Proper Epistemic Trust as a Responsibilist Virtue

    9. Alessandra Tanesini, Virtuous and Vicious Intellectual Self-Trust

    The Vulnerabilities of Trust

    10. Katherine Dormandy, Exploitative Epistemic Trust

    11. Mari Mikkola, Self-Trust and Discriminatory Speech

    List of Contributors



    Katherine Dormandy is an assistant professor of philosophy at the Institute for Christian Philosophy and Digital Science Center, University of Innsbruck and works on epistemology, the philosophy of trust, and the philosophy of religion.