The present book is no ordinary anthology, but rather a workroom in which anthropologists and philosophers initiate a dialogue on trust and hope, two important topics for both fields of study. The book combines work between scholars from different universities in the U.S. and Denmark. Thus, besides bringing the two disciplines in dialogue, it also cuts across differences in national contexts and academic style. The interdisciplinary efforts of the contributors demonstrate how such a collaboration can result in new and challenging ways of thinking about trust and hope. Reading the dialogues may, therefore, also inspire others to work in the productive intersection between anthropology and philosophy.
Sune Liisberg is an External Lecturer of philosophy of psychology and intercultural communication at Aarhus University. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy and history of ideas in Aarhus in 2008, and has since published on a variety of topics primarily within the fields of existential philosophy and phenomenology. Esther Oluffa Pedersen is Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of Roskilde. She has published several articles on trust, most recently "A Kantian Conception of Trust" in Sats. Northern European Journal of Philosophy (2013), and more broadly within the history of philosophy and philosophical anthropology, including the book Die Mythosphilosophie Ernst Cassirers (Konigshausen & Neumann, 2009). Anne Line Dalsgard is Associate Professor at Aarhus University. Based on periodic fieldwork in Northeast Brazil since 1997, she has published extensively on motherhood, youth, violence, affect and temporality. She is author of the book Matters of Life and Longing: Female Sterilisation in Northeast Brazil (Museum Tusculanum Press, 2004; Editora UNESP, 2006).
Sune Liisberg is an External Lecturer of philosophy of psychology and intercultural communication at Aarhus University. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy and history of ideas in Aarhus in 2008, and has since published on a variety of topics primarily within the fields of existential philosophy and phenomenology.
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