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Giddens' View of Trust and Its Revelation in Sight of Knowledge

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This paper analyzes the mechanism of "trust" in Giddens' horizon. There have been many perspectives of attention and research about the causes and mechanisms of trust, such as moral quality, values and institutional culture. Giddens, as the famous English socialist, used "knowledge" as an analytical tool to generalize and refine the existing research, basing on the special social relationship of “expert-layman”. He put forward two hypotheses about the establishment of trust. One was the possibility of trust coming into being by the asymmetry of knowledge; the other was the necessity of trust shaping by the certainty of knowledge. In modern society, these two factors are difficult to reverse, but can be rationally used. According to Giddens' logic, the various phenomenon of the instability of trust in China now can be attributed to the weakness of both the two conditions. Because China has entered the information age, and knowledge has been expanding rapidly. In order to solve these problems, basing on the “knowledge” angle, it is important to keep a rational view of the phenomenon of instability of trust from the vertical dimension, and create a relatively stable subjective and objective environment from the horizontal dimension, avoiding two extremes of trust: blind trust and skepticism.

DOI 10.11648/j.ss.20190801.11
Published in Social Sciences (Volume 8, Issue 1, February 2019)
Page(s) 1-5
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Knowledge, Giddens, View of Trust

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  • School of Marxism, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou, China

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