Georg Weizsäcker

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Page Range

pp. 31–46


  • English

Print Length

16 pages

4. Talking

  • Georg Weizsäcker (author)
Chapter 4 moves on to the book’s first core item, the “first-order talking belief”. This belief describes what the talker expects about the listener’s reaction to each possible statement, conditional on the talker’s informational circumstance. Along the way, the chapter introduces linguistic concepts that later chapters will pick up: conversational conventions, speech acts, the art of asking questions, relevance of context, and politeness. While misunderstandings arise if conventions are absent, many of these linguistic concepts are suitably defined even for the case of misunderstandings.


Georg Weizsäcker

Professor of Economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Georg Weizsäcker is a behavioral economist. He obtained his PhD in Business Economics at Harvard University, has taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science and at University College London, and is now Professor of Economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His research lies in the areas of experimental economics, decision theory and applied microeconomics, with numerous contributions on the understanding and interpretations of other people's statements and choices. He is a Fellow of the European Economic Association, was appointed to numerous scientific committees and boards, and currently serves as the spokesperson of a research center on applied behavioral economics that is funded by the German Research Foundation.