Understanding Contemporary Societal Challenges with Philosophy of Trust

Esther Oluffa Pedersen*, Arman T. Niknam

*Corresponding author

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We argue that philosophy of trust can be employed to counter the paralysis of action ensuing out of the experience of polycrisis in the current state of internation social life. The philosophy of trust can recognize the impact of the polycrisis on contemporary societies all the while that an analysis of trust inevitably takes the concrete life world experiences of humans as a central part of the analysis. Using the philosophy of trust as an analytic tool involves digging into relations of trust and distrust situated in concrete social environments which takes humans’ concrete experiences of trust, distrust, breaches of trust into account all the while that it’s theoretical conceptualizations can pay heed to overall societal challenges. As such it provides a means to study our contemporary world of polycrisis without simplifying the social world or succumbing to paralysis. This is shown in short discussions of the five articles included in the special issue.
TidsskriftSats. Northern European Journal of Philosophy
Vol/bindAhead of print
StatusUdgivet - maj 2024


  • Relations
  • Trust

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