Interdisciplinary Perspectives


This series presents interdisciplinary publications on trust. Trust is one of those rich concepts that have various meanings, some strong, others weak, some straightforward, others subtle. For instance, tryst, a medieval English word, means, in the context of a hare-hunt, the hunter who waits at the fringe of the forest to kill hares with a stick when they are driven out by big noises made by other hunters inside the forest. On the other hand, when one says, I trust that it will be fine tomorrow, its meaning is not strong.
More conceptually, trust is known as something that can be most useful in minimizing the costs of misunderstanding and transactions when the goal is to forge bridges and enhance bonds, launch joint undertakings, or establish reciprocal relationships. Without societies based on trust, sustained prosperity is far more difficult to achieve. The concept of trust is also very useful in understanding the propensity to take initiatives, to avoid risks, to enter into or withdraw from collaborations, and to shape and share values, norms and rules.
This series examines the meaning and its probable consequences of trust or distrust in various settings from various academic disciplines, not necessarily overtly confined to that of philosophy. Specialists of geography, anthropology, biology, neuroscience, sociology, political science and philosophy can venture to pen a volume from their respective angles. The resulting books will be both enlightening and enjoyable reading. This series welcomes proposals in these broad areas all over the world.