This work examines the concept of trust in the light of virtue theory, and takes our responsibility to be trustworthy as central. Rather than thinking of trust as risk-taking, Potter views it as equally a matter of responsibility-taking. Her work illustrates that relations of trust are never independent from considerations of power, and that asking ourselves what we can do to be trustworthy allows us to move beyond adversarial trust relationships and toward a more democratic, just, and peaceful society.
Nancy Nyquist Potter is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Louisville.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 A Virtue Theory of Trustworthiness Chapter 3 Justified Lies and Broken Trust Chapter 4 When Relations of Trust Pull Us in Different Directions Chapter 5 The Trustworthy Teacher Chapter 6 Trustworthy Relations Among Intimates Chapter 7 Giving Uptake and Its Relation to Trustworthiness