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Trust: From Socrates to Spin Hardcover – 5 Feb 2004

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books (5 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840468173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840468175
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,472,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A timely study of a crucial aspect of public life" -- Observer, Feb 04

"Absorbing...a fascinating read" -- New Scientist, Feb 04

"Intriguing" -- Glasgow Herald, Feb 04

"Very refreshing" -- Guardian, Feb 04 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Etges on 7 Jan. 2005
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I couldn't imagine a more intricate and subjective theme to read about when I met 'Trust', from Kieron O'Hara. The book was standing in the Information Security section among computer books, but 'Trust' doesn't talk about software, cryptography or hacking techniques. That's exactly why I decided to give it a chance, to try something as new to me as a philosophic discussion on why I make a living as a security consultant in the first place. This experience proved exceptionally fruitful as it gave me fresh insights about the digital society where I spend at least half of my time and a brand new perspective of my work.
Kieron O'Hara explores the ideas around a complex component of human behavior such as trust in a structured, academic approach. He initially (and sometimes too slowly) establishes the fundamental concepts in the first five chapters and only then, 95 pages later, classifies trust in four major groups of relationship models to be further scrutinized in the second half of the book. Chapter one is used to present the book's proposal and put it in context. It briefly contrasts the inspiration of trust with several others, like morality, faith, cooperation, knowledge, and so on. The next three chapters consider, from the point of view of someone in a stable western democracy, how trust as we know today was developed over the centuries, makes us work together over common goals and what social and moral aspects were inherited from the ruling religious and political institutions since biblical times. It shows how and why the information revolution destroyed many of the well-established models of trust and created new others, most of them yet to be understood today.
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