But I Didn’t Mean to Let You Down!

How trustworthiness requires good judgement as well as good intentions.  This post at Psychology Today explores the ways in which we can let other people down when we over-commit, or underestimate the difficulty of a task – this form of untrustworthiness stands alongside the more obvious forms involving dishonesty or intentional manipulation.  I briefly mention situations in which it is difficult for us to say ‘no’ to new commitments.

The post develops a theme which is obvious in philosophical work on trustworthiness in testimony (where competence is to the fore, alongside sincerity), but sometimes less obvious in philosophical work on trust in practical situations.