CFP: Quaestiones Disputatae

Submission deadline: August 1, 2017

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The Nature and Norms of Trust

Special issue of Quaestiones Disputatae

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2017

Acceptance Notification: November 15, 2017

Journal editor: Alex Plato (Franciscan University of Steubenville)

Guest editor: Jonathan Reibsamen (Saint Louis University)

This issue of Quaestiones Disputatae is about the nature and norms of trust. We invite papers addressing any of the following topics/themes:

• What is the nature of trust in general, or of some specific form of trust? (E.g., friendship trust, religious trust, epistemic trust, moral trust, self-trust, etc.)

• What are the norms of trust? When is trust good? When is trust bad? Are there norms that are unique to certain forms of trust?

• Can trust justify or warrant belief? Is knowledge on trust possible? Does trust transfer epistemic responsibility for belief from speaker to hearer? If so, how does it do this?

• Can trust affect the moral status of an action? Can trust affect the blameworthiness or praiseworthiness of a person or that person's action? Does being trusted confer upon one new or special duties or obligations?

• Can one trust institutions? If so, what makes an institution worthy of trust?

• What are the norms of trustworthiness? Do the norms of trustworthiness vary depending on the specific form of trust involved? What are the norms of trustworthiness for some specific form of trust?

• What is the relationship between trust and faith, or hope, or love, etc.?

• We would also welcome papers on philosophers on trust, such as trust in ancient, medieval, or modern philosophy, trust in non-Western philosophy, or trust in the philosophy of some specific historical or contemporary philosopher.

Manuscripts (i) must be the author’s original, (ii) may not have been elsewhere published in whole or in substantial part, and (iii) may not be now currently under consideration elsewhere.

Manuscripts should be submitted in English and prepared for anonymous peer review.

Abstracts of 150 to 200 words should be included between the title and the beginning of the text body in the manuscript.

Manuscripts should not be more than 10,000 words in length, including footnotes and bibliography.

Submission should be sent by email to with the subject "QD Trust Submission."

Manuscripts must be attached in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format, with title of the manuscript as the file name.

Quaestiones Disputatae is a journal of philosophy sponsored by the graduate philosophy department at Franciscan University of Steubenville. This journal addresses significant questions and topics of contemporary philosophic interest in the spirit of the medieval quaestiones disputatae. Recognizing that significant philosophical contributions are found among philosophers of various backgrounds and outlooks, the journal is, therefore, not limited to a particular period of philosophy, nor is it representative of a specific philosophic school or point of view. For more information, please visit:

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