Political Theory

Trust, Ignorance, and Liberty


This conference examined different facets of the concept of trust within a society of free and responsible individuals.


Conference Readings

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, “The American Scholar” In The Portable Emerson, The Viking Portable Library, edited by Carl Bode, 62-71. New York: Penguin Books, 1981.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, “Self-Reliance” In The Portable Emerson, The Viking Portable Library, edited by Carl Bode, 138-164. New York: Penguin Books, 1981.

Fukuyama, Francis. Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity. London: Penguin Books, 1996.

Hardin, Russell, “Do We Want Trust in Government?” In Democracy and Trust, edited by Mark E. Warren, 22-40. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 2, The Mirage of Social Justice. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1976.

Hayek, Friedrich A. “The Use of Knowledge in Society.” The American Economic Review 35, no. 4 (September 1945): 519-530.

Hill, Claire A. and Erin Ann O’Hara. “A Cognitive Theory of Trust.” Washington Law Review (2006): 1717-1733.

Kahan, Dan M. “The Logic of Reciprocity: Trust, Collective Action and Law.” Michigan Law Review 102 (October 2003): 71-103.

Luhmann, Niklas, “Familiarity, Confidence, Trust: Problems and Alternatives” In Trust: Making and Breaking Cooperative Relations, edited by Diego Gambetta, 94-107. Oxford: Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, 2000.

McCabe, Kevin, Mary Rigdon, and Vernon Smith. “Positive Reciprocity and Intentions in Trust Games.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 52 (2003): 267-275.

Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State, and Utopia. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1974.

Rose, David C. The Moral Foundations of Economic Behavior. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Simmel, Georg. The Philosophy of Money (1900), 3rd edition. London and New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2004.

Thoreau, Henry David. “Civil Disobedience (1849).” Virginia.edu. http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/WALDEN/Essays/civil.html (June 10, 2014).

Williamson, Oliver. “Calculativeness, Trust, and Economic Organization.” Journal of Law & Economics XXXVI (April 1993): 453-486.