Georg Weizsäcker

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pp. 89–100


  • English

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12 pages

8. Perceiving how they listen

  • Georg Weizsäcker (author)
Chapter 8, analogously, turns to the “second-order talking belief”, describing what the talker believes about the listener’s first-order listening belief. Comparing it to the second-order listening belief of the previous chapter, it is noteworthy that he reasoning about the other interlocutor’s first-order beliefs differs quite a bit between the two roles. For instance, the talker can anticipate that the listener can condition on the fact that a particular statement is chosen, but not vice versa. Due to this difference, the talker may use ostension, i.e., point to a particular context and highlight its relevance.


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.