Trust and the curse of Cassandra

an exploration of the value of trust

Cynthia Townley

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-112
Number of pages8
JournalPhilosophy in the contemporary world
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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