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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Philosophical Psychology

For a Special Issue on
Trustworthiness: Individual and Institutional Dimensions

Manuscript deadline
31 October 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Elisabetta Lalumera, University of Bologna, Department for Life Quality Studies (QUVI)
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Filippo Ferrari, Universität Bonn, Institut für Philosophie, Lehrstuhl für Logik und Grundlagenforschung
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Trustworthiness: Individual and Institutional Dimensions

Philosophical Psychology wants to honour the memory of Katherine Hawley who passed away prematurely in 2021. She was a brilliant philosopher and a great role model. One of Katherine’s key interests was trustworthiness: in 2019 she published a book on this topic, How to Be Trustworthy, with Oxford University Press. Although we do not expect all submissions to directly engage with Hawley’s work, we invite researchers working on trustworthiness to submit their work for inclusion in a special issue of Philosophical Psychology.

This special issue aims at collecting new philosophical and psychological work on trustworthiness. Our relations with other people are influenced by how trustworthy we perceive them to be. At the individual level, we often prefer and decide to work with, be treated by, and be friends with people we take to be trustworthy. At the institutional level, it is because we consider governments, political parties, scientific societies, and experts trustworthy that we believe what they say, support their policies, and follow their recommendations. From a normative point of view, trustworthiness is the rational ground of our trusting others at the individual and institutional level.

In the last decade, philosophers and psychologists have started shifting their attention from the trusting relation to the complementary issue of what it is to be trustworthy. More recently, the surge of misinformation during the pandemic has brought to light the importance of understanding the trustworthiness of political and healthcare institutions, experts, and the media. In this context, clarifying trustworthiness conceptually, in epistemology and philosophy of science, and building psychological models of trustworthiness can play a role in shaping public policies aimed at rendering institutions more trustworthy.

The individual and institutional dimensions of trustworthiness pose timely theoretical and practical challenges for psychologists and philosophers to address. This call for papers encourages scholarly submissions addressing trustworthiness either from a normative perspective, or from an empirical one.

Sample research questions include:

  • What is trustworthiness? Is it a virtue? Is it a personality trait?
  • How central is promise-keeping to trustworthiness?
  • What is the relationship between self-knowledge and trustworthiness?
  • Why are people untrustworthy?
  • Are people untrustworthy if they fail to fulfil implicit commitments?
  • Is trustworthiness necessary for friendship?
  • What makes an institution trustworthy?
  • What makes a science trustworthy?
  • Are inclusivity and transparency key ingredients of institutional trustworthiness?
  • What are the norms for trustworthiness?
  • How can we model the psychological and sociological determinants of trustworthiness and untrustworthiness?
  • Is institutional trustworthiness different from individual trustworthiness?

A number of experts have been invited to contribute. Confirmed contributors include:

  • Katherine Furman (Philosophy, Politics and Economics Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, UK)
  • Rebecca Wallbank (Lecturer in Philosophy at Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Michael Larkin (Reader in Psychology at Aston University, UK)
  • Gloria Origgi (Senior Researcher in Philosophy at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS, Institut Nicod, France)
  • Mona Simion (Professor of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Maya J. Goldenberg (Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph, Canada)
  • Stephen D. John (Hatton Lecturer in the Philosophy of Public Health at University of Cambridge, UK)

Submission Instructions

  • Submitted work will typically be between 5,000 and 8,000 words.
  • The special issue is expected to be published in print in 2023 but individual contributions will appear online as soon as they are accepted for publication following peer-review.
  • All manuscripts will be independently reviewed.
  • Submissions are welcome from researchers at all career stages and from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds as long as the manuscripts contribute to the themes of the call for papers.
  • For queries about the call for papers, please contact Professor Lisa Bortolotti or Dr Elisabetta Lalumera.

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