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Does trust grow fragile when people are too rational or when they are not rational enough? Both thoughts are plausible. The first upholds local values against reason. The second argues that rational people can trust and be trusted. Which is right turns on how we define 'reason'. Martin Hollis argues for an interpretation of 'reason' as putting the common good before one's own. This offers a universal reciprocity to people who then choose what reason shall mean for them.
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"[this] book provides a wonderfully clear and entertaining exposition of variants of [the] theme [of] The Prisoner's Dilemma." Judith Baker, Ethics

"Hollis has produced an energetic and interesting book." Mark Owen Webb, Philosophy in Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521586818
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The paradox of trust 1
Truth, virtue and happiness 5
The problem of trust 9
The Enlightenment Trail 13
Promises, promises: nature's paradoxical task 18
2 The perils of prudence 26
Plan of the book 26
Fear 29
Sympathy 37
3 The centipede's sting 44
Three views about moral psychology 47
Centipedes and backward induction 54
Conclusion: prudence in peril 60
4 A remedy in the judgement and understanding? 63
Perils of strategic choice 66
Impartiality and fairness 71
5 Fairness and morality 82
Playing fair with Kant 84
Contractarians 91
Morality in trust 98
6 All in the game 105
Prelude: Enlightenment football 106
The games of social life 110
Reason and obligation 117
7 The bond of society 126
Problems of coordination 128
Trust in miniature: teamwork 137
8 Trust in the light of reason 143
Reciprocity 144
'A remarkable change in man' 150
The moral and political sciences 154
Citizens of the world? 159
Bibliography 164
Index 169
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