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The Philosophy of Trust Essay

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Trust plays a vital role in the lives of humans as it is the pathway to founding and maintaining a good, morally mature society. Whether it is trusting another in team sports, friendship, or just for help and guidance, trust is able to increase the strength of the bond between any amount of people. Although we rely on our trust for another to see through to a desirable result, we are in fact risking what we are entrusting to another, and it is probable that our trust is taken advantage of and lead to betrayal. Why this is the cause and what action should be taken to minimise betrayal has been explored by many philosophers such as Plato, Thomas Hobbes and David Hume.
Annette Baier (1929-), defined that “Trusting can be betrayed, or at
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Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) suggested ways in combating against the act of betrayal and why it is that man betrays. He said that it is in man’s nature to pursuing his desires in a passionate sense combined with the fear of detection and punishment if betraying. But in the state of nature, as described in Hobbes’ ‘Leviathan’, there are no laws, meaning no punishment, so man would have no fear in performing betrayal. It was assumed that since man lusts for things that are either scarce, he cannot get the whole amount of what he wants, or relative, if one has more of an item then others have less of it, man must view each other as enemies, and therefore lead to distrust in each other. Hobbes states that “there is no way for any man to secure himself so reasonable as anticipation, that is, by force or wiles to master the persons of all men he can” [ref]. He says that the best way to prevent others from pursuing after the things one wants, is to anticipate that the others will attack and so one must be prepared for that. By attacking them, or dissuading them into not attacking, before they attack, one arouses suspicions since the opposing party will also reason the same way, and thus starting “war...of every man against every man”. Which leads to life being “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short”. [ref] War is developed, powered by the egoistic and self interested nature of man which leads how
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