I have been working in the mathematical sciences; science education; and the philosophy of science. Most of my published work can be found under the Publications tab of this website. See also Some Research Interests and Works in Progress.
A growing focus for me has been the work of the 20th century scholar Bernard Lonergan (1904-1984), as well as the writings of Philip McShane. I am, in particular, interested in better understanding three of Lonergan’s main advances: There is what Lonergan called “generalized empirical method.” There is Lonergan’s later discovery of a normative eightfold division of labor (“functional specialization”) that, in Lonergan’s words, “will be found, I think, to overcome or, at least, counter-balance the endless divisions of field specialization.” It is increasingly evident that functional collaboration will be the way for the academy to make progress in an effective integral global care.
There is also Lonergan’s discovery of economic science, implementation of which will be crucial in this time in which so much damage is being done by an obviously flawed establishment economics.
Along with a gradually increasing group of scholars, I am also working on communicating these ideas to the Academy and society.
Terrance J. Quinn
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132