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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 10, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2003

Cynthia Townley
Pages 105-111
DOI: 10.5840/pcw200310225

Trust and the Curse of Cassandra (An Exploration of the Value of Trust)

Epistemological interest in trust concentrates mainly on whether and how it is a proper resource for responsible knowers. However, trust is important and valuable to epistemic agents for reasons that do not depend on its being knowledge-conducive, or knowledge enhancing. Being trusted is essential for full participation in an epistemic community. The story of Cassandra illustrates these dimensions of trust's value.