Mark Rollins

Mark Rollins

Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology
PhD, Columbia University
research interests:
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Aesthetics

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1073
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

As a professor of philosophy, Professor Rollins has published on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and aesthetics.

During his nearly three decades at Washington University, Rollins has served on or chaired virtually every major academic committee and held numerous leadership and administrative roles, including dean of University College, the continuing education division of Washington University. As dean, Rollins also oversaw the Lifelong Learning Institute and the Summer School.

Rollins is the author of Mental Imagery: On the Limits of Cognitive Science, and his current research is on perception. 

Selected Publications

The Strategic Eye: Perception and Pictorial Art (in process)

Arthur Danto and His Critics ed. M. Rollins, Basil Blackwell, 1993

Mental Imagery: On the Limits of Cognitive Science. Yale University Press, 1989 Paperbound edition, January 1992.

Begetting Images: Studies in the Art and Science of Symbol Production. eds. M. Rollins and M. Campbell, Peter Lang 1989


Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Oregon State University, spring and summer 1990

Institute on Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College, summer 1990

Institute for Theory of Knowledge, Council for Philosophical Studies and NEH, Boulder, Colorado, summer 1986

Principal director, James S McDonnell Foundation Grant ($17,000) in support of a conference, “Representation, Realism, and Research,” Heyman Center for Humanities, Columbia University, New York, 1988

Washington University Faculty Summer Research Grants (approximately $5000 each) 1988, 1989,1990, 1992 (partial)

William T. Kemper Foundation Faculty Award (approximately $5000 each) 1995, 2001

David K Siff Award in Philosophy of Science, Columbia University, 1978 First Prize, John Dewey Foundation National Essay Project ($1000) 1979