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Trust as an Action

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 May 2006

Paul Dumouchel
Ristumeikan University, Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Kyoto, Japan [].
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Most authors view trust as a psychological disposition that motivates an agent to cooperative behavior in circumstances where the consequences of the agent’s action are uncertain and especially when this uncertainty depends on the reaction of other agents. This article criticizes this general approach and argues that trust is best seen as the action rather than as whatever it is that motivates it. Trust is defined as an act through which an agent gives to another agent power over him or herself.

Research Article
2005 Archives Européenes de Sociology

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