Dr. Eberl is interested in the thought of the 13th century philosopher and theologian St. Thomas Aquinas and how his theories of human nature and morality may inform the ethical evaluation of various issues in medical ethics, including those at the margins of human life, such as abortion, human embryonic stem cell research, the definition of death, euthanasia, and organ donation as well as emerging issues in genetics such as reproductive cloning, genetic enhancement, and the creation of human/non-human chimeras and justice in the allocation of health care resources.
Dr. Eberl recently conducted an ethical analysis of various forms of enhancing human capabilities and presented his work at professional conferences sponsored by UNESCO, Oxford University, the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, the University of Chicago's Program on Medicine and Religion, and the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Dr. Eberl is continuing research in this area, while also editing a volume on contemporary controversies in Catholic bioethics, writing a guidebook to Aquinas's masterwork (the Summa theologiae) for Routledge Press, and developing papers on the topics of defining death and various religious perspectives in research ethics.
Eberl, J.T. 2012. Religious and Secular Perspectives on the Value of Suffering. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 12(2): 251-61.
Eberl, J.T., Kinney, Eleanor K., and Williams, Matthew J. 2011. Foundation for a Natural Right to Health Care. The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 36(6): 537-57.
Eberl, J.T. and Ballard, Rebecca A. 2009. Metaphysical and Ethical Perspectives on Creating Animal-Human Chimeras. The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 34(5): 470-86.
Eberl, J.T. 2006. Thomistic Principles and Bioethics. New York: Routledge.
Eberl, J.T. 2005. Aquinas’s Account of Human Embryogenesis and Recent Interpretations. The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 30(4): 379-94.
Eberl, J.T. 2005. A Thomistic Understanding of Human Death. Bioethics 19(1): 29-48.
Eberl, J.T. 2003. Aquinas on Euthanasia, Suffering, and Palliative Care. The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 3(2): 331-54.