Affections and Ethics Seminar

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Dr Tom Simpson, University Lecturer in Philosophy and Public Policy
Trust, Evidence and Affectivity

Abstract: It is often supposed that trust is constitutively affective: it is a matter of overlooking the absence of or bad evidence for reasons of hope or optimism. I argue that this is false; trust is sometimes appropriately cognitive, responsive only to the evidence for trustworthiness. Nonetheless, affective ties are significant for ensuring the possibility of rational transitive trust, where A trusts C because she trusts B, who in turn trusts C. Affective ties sustain cultures of trust.

These seminars are open to all and constitute the joint research seminars of the Christian Ethics and Modern Theology streams of the Faculty of Theology and Religion for Hilary Term.

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Affections and Ethics

Audience: Open to all