Bulger, Jeffrey W.
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Jeffrey W

Jeffrey W. Bulger, Ph.D.



Specialization: Theoretical and professional ethics—social/political philosophy, personal ethics, biomedical ethics.

Competence: Business ethics, environmental ethics, history of philosophy, philosophy of science, and logic.


Political and Personal ethics using the method of Principlism: Autonomy, Beneficence, Nonmaleficence and Justice. Current focus is on the moral analysis of the Industrialization of Food Systems.


Ph.D. Philosophy—concentration in Medical Ethics, University of Tennessee—Knoxville, 1994

            Dissertation: Informed Consent And Rawls’s “Political” Theory Of Justice, July, 1994

            Committee: Glenn C. Graber—Chair, Richard E. Aquila, George G. Brenkert, and

            Charles H. Reynolds

                        M.A. Exegetical Theology, Western SeminaryPortland, 1986

B.S. Geology / Petroleum Engineering, University of North Dakota—Grand Forks, 1981


I.          Professor, Associate Professor, and Assistant Professor

               Utah Valley University—Orem, 1996-Present

1.              Mill’s Utilitarianism and Liberty

2.              Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals

3.              BioMedical Ethics

4.              Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

5.              Modern and Contemporary Philosophy

6.              Ethics and Values

7.              Business Ethics

8.              Introduction to Philosophy

9.              World Religions

10.        Astronomy (also created and taught as an internet/distance learning course)

11.        Independent Study

            II.       Lecturer, California State University—Chico, 1995-96

12.     Critical Thinking—Logic

13.     Personal Values

                           14.     Science and Modern Culture

                           15.     Biomedical Ethics

III.    Assistant Professor, Stetson University—DeLand, FL, 1994-95

16.        Bioethics

17.    Symbolic Logic—(taught in the classroom and with computers)

18.        Philosophy of Science

19.        Varieties of Ethical Theory

20.        Applied Ethics

21.        Environmental Ethics

22.        Independent Study in Ethics

IV.    Teaching Associate, University of Tennessee—Knoxville, 1991-94

23.     Introduction to Philosophy 1010, (epistemology, philosophy of mind, justice)

24.     Introduction to Philosophy 1020, (metaphysics, god, ethics, justice)

25.     University Studies & Microbiology, (HIV)

V.       Adjunct Faculty, Pellissippi State College—Knoxville, 1990-91

26.     Introduction to Philosophy

27.     Business Ethics


1.         Faculty Fellowship, Utah Valley University, Fall 2010 – Spring 2011

2.         Sabbatical Leave, Utah Valley University, Spring 2010

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              



24th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at The University of Montana, Missoula April 15-17, 2010.

1.           Amanda Putman: No Exercised Autonomy on Food Choices

2.           Christopher Nelson: Food Fads

3.           Pat Runyan: Colony Collapse Disorder: The Extinction of the Honeybee and its Implications on Mankind


23rd Annual NCUR meeting University of Wisconsin, La Cross, Wisconsin.

April 16-18, 2009

1.            Arthur VanValkenburg: Threatening Treatment

2.            Chad Howz: Principles Gone to Pot

3.            Charles Broadbent: What’s in Your Plastics? A Principlist Approach to Bisphenol A

4.            James Fuqua: The Mapped Human Genome: Pandora’s Box?

5.            Kyle Bowler: Patient Assisted Suicide

6.            Zackary Weber: Insurance Providers versus The Patient:  The Violation of the Biomedical Ethical Principles Protecting the Patient.


3rd Annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research UCUR, Hosted by Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Friday February 20, 2009

1.                  Caitlin Anderson: Caution: This Paper Is Composed Primarily Of Soy; An Ethical Look At The Use of The Soybean In America

2.                  LeAnne Tolley: Lights, Cam Action: A Foundation for Physicians of Finesse

3.                  Craig L. Bounous: Principlism Applied to the Military’s Responsibility of Care

4.                  Chad Howse: Marijuana and Morality

5.                  C. Steven Broadbent: What’s in Your Plastics? A Principlist Approach to Bisphenal A


22nd Annual NCUR meeting Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.

April 10-12, 2008

1.            Whitney May: Circumcision In Today’s Society

2.            Miguel Arturo Saldana: Socialized Medicine: Healthcare For All

3.            Richard Cook: Animal Testing and Principlism in BioMedical Ethics

4.            Craig Bounous: Principlism Applied To The Military’s Responsibility Of Care


2nd Annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research UCUR, co-hosted by BYU and UVU at Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, Friday February 29, 2008

1.         UCUR Whitney May: Circumcision in Today’s Society


Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, April 3, 2008 (Each student received a $100 stipend)

1.           J. Eric Gentile: Clinton v Obama v McCain on Healthcare Issues from a Principlistic Approach

2.           Mitchel Martin: Circumcision is Wacked, Keep His Manhood Intact

3.           Chad Howze: Marijuana and Morality

4.           James B. Fuqua: The Mapped Human Genome: Pandora’s Box?

5.           Seth Wright: Healthcare: A Duty to All?

6.           Jake Spencer: Is it okay to smoke with young children in the car?

7.           Sylvia Bentley: Gene Therapy: Capitalism or just classism

8.           Adam K. Gibbons: Surrogate Decision Making


21st National Conference on Undergraduate Research NCUR, Dominican University of California, April 12-14, 2007.

1.            Austin Miller: The Historical Oath


19th  National Conference on Undergraduate Research NCUR, Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA April 21-23, 2005

1.            Lyndee Litchfield:  Doctrine of Right in the War with Iraq

2.            Arron Medford:  The Philosophy of sales from a Kantian Perspective

3.            Arron Medford:  Circumcision

4.            Damon MacArthur: Kantian Ethics and the Morality of Terrorism

5.            Jeffrey Barth: The Democratic Liberty of Iraq

6.            Jake Pead: Immanuel Kant and Global Warming Measures