Social Justice, Social Friendship and the Role of Trust as an Other-Oriented Emotion

Peace Review: A Journal of Social Studies 34 (3):352-36 (2022)
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This essay discusses the idea that trust is a pre-rational, other-oriented emotion and it is constitutive of friendship practices regardless of the type of friendship. In particular, what we call ‘social friendship’ refers to a distinctive set of loose but lasting and cohesive bonds both among citizens within society (horizontal dimension) and between them and the state (vertical dimension), triggering solidarity and altruism. The other-oriented emotion of trust underpinning these social bonds–social friendship–in turn, is necessary for social justice to be supported, legitimized, and furthermore demanded by society.

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Ana Romero-Iribas
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos


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