Vol. 39 No. 2 (2019): The Prismatic Shape of Trust 2. Authors and Problems

The Principle Disappointability as “Trust Gradient”

Agostino Cera
Università della Basilicata

Published 2019-12-17


  • trust,
  • disappointability,
  • responsibility,
  • philosophical anthropology,
  • social ontology,
  • Karl Löwith,
  • Karl Popper
  • ...More

How to Cite

Cera, A. (2019). The Principle Disappointability as “Trust Gradient”. Teoria. Rivista Di Filosofia, 39(2), 89–110. https://doi.org/10.4454/teoria.v39i2.72


Starting from Karl Löwith’s Mitanthropologie, my paper aims to put forward a principle disappointability conceived as a “trust gradient” for the interhuman dimension.

Löwith’s Mitanthropologie develops a taxonomy of the different binary bonds, at the top of which emerges the “absolute relationship between an I self and a you self”. The peculiarity of this bond is based on trust and responsibility. In order to prove the responsible and trust-based intentionality of the two relata, I propose the principle disappointability, inspired by Popper’s principle of falsification. The authenticity of a relationship depends on the fact that each relatum responds entirely for itself within the space of Miteinandersein. In other words, I can show my trust (in my co-relatum) only if I en-trust (to it). Such a total entrusting can be attested only by the fact that I am “falsifiable”, namely “disappointable”. The principle disappointability emerges therefore as a natural “trust gradient”.