Jason T. Eberl, Ph.D. is the Semler Endowed Chair for Medical Ethics in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Marian University. Dr. Eberlreceived his BA degree from the University of San Diego with majors in Philosophy and Spanish, and a minor in Psychology. He earned his MA in Philosophy at Arizona State University and Ph.D. at Saint Louis University. During his doctoral studies, he was a visiting research student at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame and the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
From 2003 to 2013, Dr. Eberl held a tenure-line appointment—as first assistant and later tenured associate professor—in the Department of Philosophy in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. He was also the director of graduate studies for a master of arts degree program in philosophy with concentrations in bioethics and international research ethics. As part of this graduate program, Dr. Eberl and his colleagues designed combined-degrees curricula with law (JD/MA), medicine (MD/MA), and public health (MPH/MA). He continues to serve on the program leadership team for the Academic Research Ethics Partnership between IU and Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, which is funded by a grant from the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health.
In 2006, Dr. Eberl published his first book, Thomistic Principles and Bioethics, as part of the Annals of Bioethics series at Routledge Press. In Spring 2012, he was a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Dr. Eberl’s research interests focus on medical ethics, metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. He is particularly 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 is a member of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, American Philosophical Association, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, National Catholic Bioethics Center, and Society of Christian Philosophers. In 2008, he received the ACPA Young Scholar’s Award.
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. Investigator Research Page