I have been working in the mathematical sciences; science education; and the philosophy of science. I have correspondingly grouped publications, most of which can be found under the Publications tab of this website. Forthcoming papers and other publications will be posted as they become available. A growing focus in my work is the 1965 discovery of Bernard Lonergan, a methodology called functional specialization.
Certainly, progress in disciplines is ongoing. But, also evident are cumulative effects of decline. Part of what we find is that views about what progress is, and what decline is, vary greatly across fragmented disciplines. This is not merely an academic issue, for even when shared intentions are good, mutually incompatible views contribute to divisiveness of various kinds, throughout the academy, and around the globe. Lonergan’s 1965 discovery is a response to this global problem.
I am part of a gradually growing group of international scholars (see, for example, www.sgeme.org) and other individuals supportive of efforts to understand and implement functional collaboration in the various sciences, arts and technologies. It is increasingly evident that functional collaboration will be a way for the academy to grow in an effective omni-disciplinary division of labor and integral global care.
Terrance J. Quinn
Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132