Whom should we trust? How justified is it that status is taken as an indicator of trustworthiness? When is such epistemic trust rational? Why do people trust conspiracy theories? These are just some of the many questions that were discussed at the recent PERITIA online workshop “Social Indicators of Trust in Experts”. As a precursor of a workshop in Paris in June 2021, Gloria Origgi and Ty Branch from Institut Jean Nicod invited a variety of selected international researchers from different academic disciplines to reflect on what informal social indicators people use in order to evaluate the trustworthiness of experts.
Presentations featured highly topical accounts on vaccine hesitancy, climate science denial, social justice commitments, science communication, and conditions of trustworthy science advice on Covid-19. They discussed the theoretical implications of recent technological and societal developments for epistemic trust and authority, reputation, prestige, and the role that affective indicators of expert trustworthiness play.