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von Sydow, Momme

Dr. Dr. Momme von Sydow

Postdoctoral Fellow


Mailing Address:
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Fakultät für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie
und Religionswissenschaft
Lehrstuhl für Wissenschaftstheorie
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 München

Ludwigstr. 31
Raum 125 (registration at the administration office)
D-80539 München


Office hours:
by appointment

Further Information

Momme von Sydow studied both Philosophy and Psychology at the Universities of Bonn and Durham (UK) and obtained Doctorates in both disciplines. He completed his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Durham on a topic relevant to Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Nature, and Epistemology. He obtained his second Doctorate in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Göttingen on issues of hypothesis testing, induction, and checking deontic rules. He raised several third-party funds and in the projects he addressed facets of hypothesis testing, Bayesian logic, logical predication, second-order probabilities, and causality. He continued his work at the University of Heidelberg, at the lab of Leibniz Prize winner and social psychologist Klaus Fiedler. Momme von Sydow has lectured at the University of Durham, University of Göttingen, TU Berlin and University of Heidelberg. In 2015 he began co-ordinating an interdisciplinary mathematical-psychological project on optimal experimental design, funded by the German Excellence Initiative (IWF; Dept. of Psychology, Heidelberg). In October 2015 he was Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the MCMP and visited the MCMP repeatedly. In 2016, he began working as senior research fellow at the MCMP in a project with Ulrike Hahn and Stephan Hartmann.

Research Interests

Momme von Sydow is interested in normative and empirical questions of human individual and collective (ir-)rationality. Aspects of his philosophical-psychological work may be interpreted as being related to his critical assessment of Dawkins’s and Popper’s Darwinian metaphysics. His research addresses the following topics:

  • Knowledge-based Bayesian models of induction
  • Bayesian logic – Bayesian models of logical predication
  • Active learning and optimal information choice
  • The role of coherence in causal learning and reasoning
  • Conditionals, Wason selection task and ravens paradox
  • Human probability judgement and logical inclusion fallacies
  • The role of tautologies in Philosophy of Science
  • Inner-individual dilemmata, temporal discounting and self-regulation
  • The role of justice in ultimatum and dictator games, deontic logic
  • Altruist detection in employee selection


He has lectured at the University of Durham, University of Göttingen, TU Berlin, University of Heidelberg, and LMU Munich. His courses concerned various subjects, normally at the intersection of psychology and philosophy: cognitive psychology, philosophy of science, methodology or social psychology. He also contributed over 100 talks and posters at national or international conferences or colloquia. Currently, at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, he has offered the following courses:
  • WiSe 2017-2018 Philosophie der Rationalität und Irrationalität
  • SoSe 2018 Philosophie der Psychologie und Biologie
  • 2018 Preconference Workshop at DGPs : Introduction to Bayesian Hypothesis Testing. (Together with Ulf Mertens). Conference of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Frankfurt am Main, 15. September.
  • 2018 Workshop of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychology Introduction on "Bayesian Hypothesis Testing: Philosophy, Psychology and Methodology" for PhD-students, students and postdocs, University Heidelberg. Main organiser of two-day tutorial/workshop (tog. with Ulf Mertens), 2018, October, 12-13.
  • 2019 Tutorials Introduction to the Philosophy of Bayesian Statistics vs. Fisher Statistics and Introduction to Bayesian Statistic and R (working titles) at 2nd workshop Bayes by the Sea – Formal Epistemology, Statistics and Probability, August, 26 – 31, at Ancona University (UNIVPM), Italy (invited) (previous web page:


Cognitive Science Society (CogSci); Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie (DGPhil); Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Fachgruppen: Allgemeine Psychologie, Sozialpsychologie; European Society for Analytic Philosophy (ESAP); Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie (GAP).

Further Activities

He organized workshops, for instance Scientific Computing in the Behavioral Sciences and has served as referee for several Journals, including Cognitive Processing; Experimental Psychology; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Memory, Learning and Cognition; Journal of Mathematical Psychology; Memory & Cognition; Philosophical Writings; and Psychological Review, Psychologie des Alltagshandelns, Synthese (more).


Lists of publications can be found at: University of Heidelberg and Researchgate (with PDFs).

Selected Recent Publications