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Title

Understanding the Phenomenon of Existential Trust

Department

Philosophy Department

College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

Many contemporary treatments of trust fail to account for a global and pervasive sense of trust. This paper is concerned with remedying this lack by providing a sketch of the phenomenon of trust in its most comprehensive and diffuse form: existential trust. I will unpack this idea of existential trust and distinguish its four affective characteristics: supportive upholding, vulnerable openness, attuned orientation, and demand. Finally, I will argue that in order to explain its global and pervasive character, existential trust is best understood on the model of Heidegger concept of mood.

Conference Name

19th Annual Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Conference Location

Unicoi State Park, GA

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