Concept of trust subject of symposium

A symposium on campus today — Thursday, November 8 — will consider and discuss different aspects of the nature of trust.

Faculty and students will explore the topic from the perspectives of five disciplines:

  • Philosophy professor Hans Hansen; Michael Yong-Set, a doctoral candidate in argumentation studies; and visiting scholar Liao Yanlin; “Recent Philosophical Work on Trust and Testimony;”
  • Psychology professor Catherine Kwantes, “Trustworthiness in Cultural Context;”
  • Sociology professor Suzanne McMurphy and Harmony Peach, a doctoral candidate in argumentation studies, “When is Trust Problematic? Examinations of the ‘dark side’ of Trust;” and
  • Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, a professor in the Department of Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering, “Maybe We Shouldn’t Trust so Much: An Exploration of Engineers’ Trust (and Faith) in Technology.”

Organized by the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (CRRAR) and co-sponsored by the philosophy department, the event is free and open to the public, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in McPherson Lounge, Alumni Hall. Read the full program online.