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A Normative Virtue-Based Trust Model

  • Michael G. Harvey
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Electrical and Computer Engineering book series (BRIEFSELECTRIC)

Abstract

A unified theory of trust is translated into a normative virtue-based trust model. The trust model describes how proper trust facilitates socially valuable ends such as cooperation and collaboration, while too much trust in other entities or not enough trust leads to socially undesirable ends such as accepting too much risk or vulnerability or selfishness and conflict, respectively. The trust relation can be evaluated according to a simple objective decision structure so long as there is no violation of basic trust, based on adapting actions that increase the level of trust, cooperation, and collaboration through mutual adjustment, and adjusting actions that increase the level of distrust, selfishness and conflict through domination. When a trust violation occurs, where selfish behavior may lead to conflict, the trust relation should be evaluated according to a more complex subjective decision structure, based on the success of acts of intellectual virtue at the level of reflective knowledge in moderating the relative influences of the basic trust dispositions operative at the level of animal knowledge to achieve balance or harmony in the trust relation.

Keywords

Social Exchange Epistemic State Rational Belief Virtual Team Intellectual Virtue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Johns Hopkins UniversityPittsburghUSA

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