Georg Weizsäcker

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Page Range

pp. 101–106


  • English

Print Length

6 pages

9. In higher order

Seeing their view of our view

  • Georg Weizsäcker (author)
Chapter 9 argues that the previous chapters discussions of beliefs, which includes only first-order beliefs and second-order beliefs, is exhaustive enough to stop the analysis here. Thinking about beliefs of third and higher order would be fascinating, but one may skip it nevertheless. Among other things, this has to do with the empirical nature of the book’s questions: any effects of higher-order beliefs would have to show up on the radar of measuring lower-order beliefs. Yet, the chapter ventures into an excursion to higher-order-belief space, making a connection of the book’s content with a language-philosophic definition of meaning.


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.