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date: 06 July 2022

p. 465. Honesty and dishonestylocked

p. 465. Honesty and dishonestylocked

  • Katherine Hawley


To trust someone based on what they say has an expectation of honesty and knowledge. It also has an expectation of good intentions and of skill or ability. Judgements about good intentions are more morally based than those about knowledge or skill. Sometimes we can hold people morally responsible for their ignorance. Trust involves an expectation of honesty, knowledge, skill, or ability. ‘Honesty and dishonesty’ asks: how good at we at spotting liars? Whilst most of us think we can recognise a liar, this is a false theory. Getting the right balance between trust and distrust is a challenge.

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