Vices of distrust

Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 8 (10):25-32 (2019)
  Copy   BIBTEX


One of the first things that comes to mind when we think of the special issue’s theme, “Trust in a Social and Digital World” is the epidemic of ‘fake news’ and a cluster of trust- relevant vices we commonly associate with those who share it, click on it, and believe it. Fake news consumers are, among other things, gullible and naïve. Many are also dogmatic: intellectually and/or emotionally tied to a view point, and as a result, too quick to uncritically trust whatever aligns with it. Gullibility, naivety, and dogmatism are all examples of vices that lead to us trust when we shouldn’t. The effects of these kinds of vices can be dangerous. Our aim here, however, is to explore the other side of the coin: those character vices that lead us to refrain from trusting when we should trust. For ease of reference, call these vices of distrust. Vices of distrust are dangerous in their own right, and in ways that often harm others along with oneself. The three vices of distrust we want explore—with a particular focus on their manifestations online—are: closemindedness, emulousness, and arrogance. Each contributes to vicious distrust in its own distinctive way.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,310

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Trust, Distrust, and Affective Looping.Karen Jones - 2019 - Philosophical Studies 176 (4):955-968.
Vice Epistemology.Quassim Cassam - 2016 - The Monist 99 (2):159-180.
Commitment in Cases of Trust and Distrust.Jonathan Tallant - 2017 - Thought: Fordham University Quarterly (4):261-267.
Capital Epistemic Vices.Ian James Kidd - 2017 - Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 6 (8):11-16.
Humble Trust.Jason D’Cruz - 2019 - Philosophical Studies 176 (4):933-953.
Vices as Higher-Level Evils.Thomas Hurka - 2001 - Utilitas 13 (2):195-212.
Virtues and Their Vices.Timpe Kevin & Boyd Craig (eds.) - 2013 - Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Trust, Mistrust and Distrust in Diverse Societies.James Tully - forthcoming - In Dimitr Karmis & Francois Rocher (eds.), Trust and Distrust in Political Theory and Practice: The Case of Diverse Societies. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queens.
Corporate Espionage and Workplace Trust/Distrust.Marjorie Chan - 2003 - Journal of Business Ethics 42 (1):45 - 58.


Added to PP

37 (#312,651)

6 months
2 (#276,659)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author Profiles

J. Adam Carter
University of Glasgow
Daniella Meehan
University of Glasgow (PhD)

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Trust and Antitrust.Annette Baier - 1986 - Ethics 96 (2):231-260.
Vice Epistemology.Quassim Cassam - 2016 - The Monist 99 (2):159-180.
Trust as an Affective Attitude.Karen Jones - 1996 - Ethics 107 (1):4-25.
Intellectual Humility as Attitude.Alessandra Tanesini - 2018 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 96 (2):399-420.

View all 26 references / Add more references