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Faculty Directory » Walter Jeffko


Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2020
Monday through Thursday, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., online

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon Fine Arts 251
Phone: 978.665.3013

Courses Taught:

Logic (PHIL 1100)
Philosophy of Education (PHIL 2000)
Contemporary Ethical Problems (PHIL 2500)
Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 2600)
Philosophy of Religion (PHIL 3600)
Ethical Issues in Business (PHIL 4700)
Contemporary Ethical Systems
Leaders in Humanities I: The Nineteenth Century
Leaders in Humanities II: The Twentieth Century


Ph.D., Fordham University
M.A., Fordham University
B.S., University of Bridgeport

Research Interests:

Philosophy of Human Nature and the Person
John Macmurray
Political philosophy

Current Projects:

Currently updating my book, "Contemporary Ethical Issues," for a third edition
Ethical implications of bio and genetic engineering
Environmental ethics
Revising the Philosophy curriculum

Representative Publications:


Jeffko, W. (2008). Contemporary Ethical Issues: A Personalist Perspective (2nd Ed.). Humanity Books.
This volume is a heavily revised and expanded version of the first edition.

Jeffko, W. (1999). Contemporary Ethical Issues: A Personalistic Perspective. Humanity Books.

Jeffko, W. (1977). A Personalistic Theory of Human Nature and Value. Fitchburg State College Press.


Jeffko, W. (1995). A New Model of Reason as Standard of Value. In H.A. Carson (Ed.), Essays on John Macmurray's Post-Modern Philosophy: The Primacy of Persons in Community. Humanities Press International.

Jeffko, W. (1993). Introduction. In J. Macmurray, Conditions of Freedom (pp. vii-xxvii). Humanities Press.

Journal Articles

Jeffko, W. (1974). "A Personalist Concept of Human Reason." International Philosophical Quarterly, 14(2), pp. 161-80.

Jeffko, W. (1973). "Ecology and Dualism." Religion and Life, 42(1), pp. 110-27.


Jeffko, W. (2004). "Ethics and the Environmental Crisis." The Harrod Lecture Series. Fitchburg, Mass.

Jeffko, W. (2010). "The Moral Treatment of Civilians in War." The Harrod Lecture Series. Fitchburg, Mass.

Professional Affiliations:

Massachusetts Teachers Association/NEA
International John Macmurray Association
American Philosophical Association