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1st Edition

Trust in Epistemology

Edited By

Katherine Dormandy

ISBN 9781032088716
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures



Introduction. Katherine Dormandy (Innsbruck University) Austria)

  1. Trust in Locke. Thomas Simpson (Oxford University, UK)

  2. The Prizes and Perils of Epistemic Trust. Elizabeth Fricker (Oxford University, UK)

  3. The Role of Trust in Testimonial Knowledge. John Greco (St. Louis University, USA)

  4. Groups, Trust and Testimony. Jesper Kallestrup (Edinburgh University, UK),

  5. Epistemic Trust and Intellectual Authority. Christoph Jäger (Innsbruck University, Austria)

  6. Understanding a Speaker’s Expectation of Trust. Sanford Goldberg (Northwestern University, USA),

  7. The Values of Trust. Katherine Dormandy (Innsbruck University, Austria)

  8. The Impact of Intellectual Arrogance and Self Abasement on Self-Trust Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff University, UK).

  9. Self-Trust and Autonomy Defenses of Free Speech. Mari Mikkola (Berlin Humboldt University, Germany)

  10. Rational Religious Trust: How to Know Religious Truths by Testimony: An Evidentialist Perspective. Trent Dougherty (Baylor University, USA)

  11. Imaginative Trust? Faith, Play, and the Practical Stance. Amber Griffioen (Constance University, Germany)



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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.