Understanding the Phenomenon of Existential Trust
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences
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.
19th Annual Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World
Unicoi State Park, GA
Courtright, Jeffrey, "Understanding the Phenomenon of Existential Trust" (2013). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 1229.