The Practical, the Political and the Ethical seminar series

The Practical, the Political and the Ethical seminar series
25 October 2019, 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Trust, Leadership, and the Overton Window


Thomas Simpson (Oxford)



This seminar starts by looking at John Locke’s treatment of trust. Trust is Locke’s favoured term for describing the relationship between those governed and those governing. We will consider the advantages and limits of his account; what his account, in both political and epistemological contexts, reveals about the nature of trust; and what lessons can be learned about the roles of trust for leaders in other contexts.

The Institute of Philosophy hosts a regular workshop series entitled ‘The Practical, the Political, and the Ethical’. The series was created in 2015 by Véronique Munoz-Dardé (UCL) and Hallvard Lillehammer (Birkbeck) in order to discuss work in progress from visiting speakers. This year the series is convened by Amanda Greene (UCL) and Jonathan Gingerich (KCL).  Talks are normally 50 minutes (no pre-circulation of the paper), followed by discussion. All are welcome. 


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