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Trust: Who or What Might Support Us?

Who or What Might Support Us?

Adriaan T. Peperzak

Publication Year: 2013

This phenomenological study begins by presenting trust as a characteristic form of interpersonal and communal relationship. In the second chapter, the scope is narrowed to someone's reliance on one or more trustworthy individuals. Chapters 3 to 5 explore specific aspects of trust, insofar as we confide in social structures or movements, the impersonal regularities and events of nature, or our own particular talents, motivations, and possibilities.In a world that is ravaged by the omnipresence of suffering and the most outrageous manifestations of evil, no philosopher can avoid the question of what kind of trust may be profound and strong enough to overcome the ultimate anxiety or despair that threatens all human existence. In the Western tradition of belief, thinking, faith, and searching for the first and ultimate, that question is approached here through reflection upon the radical difference between trust (or faith) in the universe (the totality) and faith (or trust) in God.

Published by: Fordham University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

I began writing this book when Professor Robert Crease, chairman of NYU’s Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook, sent me an invitation to give a series of lectures on trust as part of a Templeton grant for research and discussion...

Part I: Varieties of Trust and Distrust

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1. Trust

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pp. 9-32

The philosophical literature on trust is not abundant. One of the reasons might lie in the fact that trust cannot be displayed, observed, or presented as a thing. A second reason is that trust, as a peculiar relation between someone and a trusted person or impersonal reality...

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2. Entrusting

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pp. 33-46

Several authors have analyzed the interpersonal relation that emerges when someone entrusts someone else with a message, a mission, the conservation of some property, an intelligent contribution to a debate, and so on. Before focusing in more detail on the phenomenon...

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Part II: What and Whom Can We Trust

The first part of the present book focused on trust between individual persons, and especially on one person, often indicated by the pronouns I and me, who trusts another person, supposed to be trustworthy. The simplicity of this model was defended by the remark...

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3. Trust in the Society

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pp. 49-59

Before and immediately after our birth we are not yet able willfully to trust or distrust anyone or anything, because both attitudes presuppose a minimum of liberty. However, if we can say of some dogs, rabbits, birds, horses, cows, and camels that they trust their masters...

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4. Counting on Nature

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pp. 60-67

We count on nature, and sometimes we call it “Mother Nature” because it produces food, shelter, energy, and all that we need to survive. We are even closer to it than children are to their mothers, because our bodies are integral parts of nature, intensely dependent...

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5. Self-Confidence

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pp. 68-84

Chapter 2 approached the phenomenon of interpersonal trust through the simple model of my entrusting you with a certain task. When reflecting on the phenomenon of self-confidence, can we approach it by adapting the structure of “my entrusting you” to my own trusting...

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Part III: Trust in Philosophy and Religion

Parts 1 and 2 have sketched the formal structure of trusting as entrusting someone with a specific task (chapters 1 and 2) and asked how this structure must be modifi ed when we direct our trust or distrust toward three domains that we can neither avoid nor wholly distrust. Indeed...

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6. Trust in Philosophy

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pp. 87-97

What is the relevance of trust for philosophy as it is practiced in our century? The question is not often thematized, but it is answered, at least implicitly, by the philosophical praxis, and especially by all teachers who introduce beginning students into the ongoing...

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7. Trust in Search of Insight

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pp. 98-108

In chapter 6, we have seen that the Cartesian renewal of science, in its all-encompassing sense, is dominated by faith (or trust) in reason. The reason thus proclaimed to be the sovereign master of truth and certainty can be characterized as the human capacity...

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8. Trust in God or the Universe?

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pp. 109-182

We cannot live without trust. Even modern philosophers have recognized that the wisdom of life itself and the trust it implies cannot be put in quarantine while they construct their theories—especially not if they attempt to begin with a tabula rasa or a few, almost...

Notes

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pp. 183-188

Index

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pp. 189-190


E-ISBN-13: 9780823250431
Print-ISBN-13: 9780823244881
Print-ISBN-10: 0823244881

Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: Text