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Who do you trust? Are universities trustworthy? Professors? What about students? Philosopher Tony Laden (UIC Chicago) is writing a book about democracy. He sees higher ed as a way to think about trust networks and broader questions about how we talk to each other.


Special thanks to Grace Welsh, Carrie Peredo, and Natnael Shiferaw for reading the student excerpts. This episode was produced by Carrie Welsh, with help from Natnael Shiferaw, Harry Brighouse, and Tony Laden.


Recommended Readings:
Binder, Amy J., and Kate Wood. Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014.
Jack, Anthony Abraham. The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2019.
Laden, Anthony. “Teaching, Indoctrination and Trust.” (forthcoming in Academic Ethics Today, ed. by Steven Cahn (Rowman and Littlefield, 2022).
Nguyen, C. Thi (forthcoming). “Trust as an Unquestioning Attitude.” Oxford Studies in Epistemology.
Westover, Tara, Educated: A Memoir. New York: Random House, 2018.