The Trust Institute at Stony Brook University

An interdisciplinary inquiry into an indispensable ingredient of modern life.
Trust is one of the most important and essential features of the modern world. Without it, most human activities-from interpersonal relationships and mailing letters to boarding aircraft and taking medicines-would grind to a halt like machines drained of oil. Many institutions, from science to religion, have been shaken recently by controversies involving trust. Yet trust is difficult to examine in a comprehensive and systematic way.

The Trust Institute at Stony Brook seeks to carry out an innovative and interdisciplinary look at a central issue of modern social life. Central to the Institute's mission is the Templeton Research Lecture Series, administered by The Metanexus Institute on behalf of the John Templeton Foundation.