Vol. 39 No. 1 (2019): The Prismatic Shape of Trust

Trust and virtue

Giacomo Samek Lodovici
Università Cattolica di Milano

Published 2019-06-10


  • virtue,
  • trust,
  • phronesis,
  • friendship,
  • Aristotle,
  • ...More

How to Cite

Samek Lodovici, G. (2019). Trust and virtue. Teoria. Rivista Di Filosofia, 39(1), 117–136. https://doi.org/10.4454/teoria.v39i1.60


The purpose of this paper is to illustrate some aspects of the relationship between virtue and trust.  First, it mentions the nature of virtues and sets out a concept of reliance and trust (in its relationship with the virtue of hope). Then, it underlines the need for trust in interpersonal and social life and as the foundation of the social bond, as well as its capacity (for various reasons) to generate the reliability of the trustee (even when it has already been betrayed) and, conversely, underlines the harmfulness of distrust and of pervasive controls, which tend precisely to increase those behaviors that would like to prevent.Finally, it expresses itself on the most virtuous trust, the generative one, on the relationship between trust and the genesis and the apex of virtue, which culminates in love and friendship.