Promises as invitations to trust

  • Robert ShaverEmail author


It is now popular to think that promissory obligation is grounded in an invitation to trust. I object that there are important differences between invitations and promises; appealing to trust faces one of the main problems alleged to face appealing to expectations; and whatever puzzles afflict promissory obligation afflict the obligation not to renege on one’s invitations.


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Thanks to Joyce Jenkins, Jeff Verman, Sandy Vettese, an anonymous referee, and to members of my 2017 and 2019 seminars on promising, especially R. J. Leland and Sarah Hannan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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