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Jason T. Eberl, Ph.D.

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2003 Ph.D., Saint Louis University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy. Thesis Research under Dr. Eleonore Stump: “Analytic and Thomistic Approaches to Human Nature: A Comparative Metaphysical and Bioethical Analysis”;

1998 M.A., Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy;

1996 B.A., Philosophy and Spanish, University of San Diego (cum laude


2012 Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Ethics, Philosophy & Public Affairs, University of St. Andrews;

2007 Faculty Fellow, Consortium for Health Policy, Law & Bioethics, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis;

2002-03 Visiting Research Student, Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame;

2001 Visiting Research Student, Department of Philosophy, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität

Research Interests:

I am 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.

Research Projects:

I am currently conducting an ethical analysis of various forms of enhancing human capabilities and have presented my work at professional conferences sponsored by UNESCO, Oxford University, The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, and the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Representative Publications

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.


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