B.A., Simpson College
M.A., University of Missouri
Ph.D., University of Missouri
Philosophy: Assistant professor
Neuroscience: Assistant professor of philosophy
Collin Rice joined the Lycoming College faculty in 2013. Before coming to Lycoming, he received a B.A. in physics and philosophy from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. He then completed an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. After completing his Ph.D., he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for the Philosophy of Science.
Rice specializes in the philosophy of science, the philosophy of mind/cognitive science, and the philosophy of biology. His research focuses on the metaphysical and epistemological issues surrounding scientific explanation, the use of highly idealized and abstract models in science, and the positive roles idealizations can play in scientific theorizing. Within the philosophy of mind, his primary interests are in the nature and origin of concepts and how they are used in our cognitive processing. He also has secondary interests in modern philosophy, ethics, logic, metaphysics, and epistemology.
Rice’s approach to these topics is interdisciplinary and he welcomes collaboration with scientists, scholars, and students who are interested in philosophical questions about the foundations and methodology of science. His work frequently combines contemporary analytic philosophy methods with empirical evidence from science and insights from the history of philosophy.