In his paper Varieties of Trust, Eric Uslaner presents a conceptual analysis of trust with the aim of capturing the multiple dimensions that can characterize various notions of trust. While Uslaner's analysis is theoretically very useful to better understand the phenomenon of trust, his account is rarely considered when formal conceptions of trust are built. This is often due to the fact that formal frameworks concentrate on specific aspects of phenomena rather than general features and, thus, there is little space for omni-comprehensive considerations about concepts. However, building formal languages that can describe trust generally are extremely important, since they can provide basic accounts employable as starting points for further investigations on trust. This paper addresses exactly this issue by providing a logical language expressive enough to describe all the varieties of trust derivable from Uslaner's conceptual analysis. Specifically, Uslaner's analysis is transformed into a conceptual map of trust, by strengthening his analysis with further reflections on the nature of trust. Then, a logical language for trust is introduced and it is shown how the validity classes of such language can characterize all the varieties of trust derivable from the conceptual map previously built.

A Trust Logic for the Varieties of Trust

Tagliaferri, Mirko;Aldini, Alessandro
2020

Abstract

In his paper Varieties of Trust, Eric Uslaner presents a conceptual analysis of trust with the aim of capturing the multiple dimensions that can characterize various notions of trust. While Uslaner's analysis is theoretically very useful to better understand the phenomenon of trust, his account is rarely considered when formal conceptions of trust are built. This is often due to the fact that formal frameworks concentrate on specific aspects of phenomena rather than general features and, thus, there is little space for omni-comprehensive considerations about concepts. However, building formal languages that can describe trust generally are extremely important, since they can provide basic accounts employable as starting points for further investigations on trust. This paper addresses exactly this issue by providing a logical language expressive enough to describe all the varieties of trust derivable from Uslaner's conceptual analysis. Specifically, Uslaner's analysis is transformed into a conceptual map of trust, by strengthening his analysis with further reflections on the nature of trust. Then, a logical language for trust is introduced and it is shown how the validity classes of such language can characterize all the varieties of trust derivable from the conceptual map previously built.
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