Kevin Quinn, Ph.D.


Kevin Quinn

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: (419) 372-8652
Email: kquinn@bgsu.edu
Address: 310 Business Administration


My research is in the areas of economic philosophy and the history of economic thought. In the first category, I am working on the implications of moral and normative realism ( a position I now consider to be correct, as against either Humean or Kantian forms of moral subjectivism) for economic methodology. Related work investigates the relationship between reason and morality in the German Idealist tradition and attempts to draw lessons from this body of work for the very different approach to rationality taken by modern economics.

In the history of thought, I am working on the Enlightenment campaign against "enthusiasm" and how this informs the Liberalism of Hume and Smith particularly. State action in pursuit of this goal doesn't conform to the Classical Liberal prescription that the State aought to be neutral with respect to views of the Good Life.


Ph.D. The American University, 1989

B.A. University of Maryland, 1978



Associate Professor of Economics, Bowling Green State University, 1996–present

Assistant Professor of Economics, Bowling Green State University, 1990–1996

Instructor, The American University, Washington, D.C., 1984–1988

Instructor, St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, Maryland, 1982–1984


“Modernist and Pre-Modernist Explanation in Economics,”appears as a chapter in Fullbrook Edward (Ed.), Real World Economics: A Post Autistic Economic Reader, Anthem Press, August 2007


Chapter in book entitled Power in the Disciplines (with M. Neil Browne), editor of the book is Subash Durlahbji, forthcoming.


"Hermeneutics and Libertarian Economics: Odd Couple?, Critical Review, coauthored, summer 1998.