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Jason T. Eberl, Ph.D.

Director; Professor
Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics


  • B.A. in philosophy and Spanish from the University of San Diego
  • M.A. in philosophy from Arizona State University
  • Ph.D. in philosophy from Saint Louis University

Research Interests

Beginning-of-life issues, end-of-life care, biotechnology and human enhancement, healthcare allocation, philosophy of human nature, and Thomism.

Publications and Media Placements


  • Eberl, J. T. (2020). The Nature of Human Persons. Notre Dame Press. 
  • Eberl, J. T. (2017). Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2015). The Routledge Guidebook to Aquinas' Summa Theologiae. New York: Routledge.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2006). Thomistic Principles and Bioethics. New York: Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Brummett, Abram and Eberl, J.T., “The Many Metaphysical Commitments of Secular Clinical Ethics: Expanding the Argument for a Moral–Metaphysical Proceduralism” Bioethics (2022).
  • Eberl, J.T., “Disability, Enhancement, and Flourishing” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 47:5 (2022).
  • Eberl, J.T., “Losing One’s Head or Gaining a New Body?” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 47:2 (2022): 189-209.
  • Eberl, J.T., “Enhancing the Imago Dei: Can a Christian be a Transhumanist?” Christian Bioethics 28:1 (2022): 76-93.
  • Friedrich, Annie B. and Eberl, J.T., “Catholic Perspective on Decision-Making for Critically Ill Newborns and Infants” Children 9:2 (2022).
  • Eberl, J.T., “Is There a Moral Obligation to be Vaccinated for COVID-19?” Health Care Ethics USA 30:1 (2022): 33-39.
  • Redinger, Michael J. and Eberl, J.T., “New Developments in End-of-Life Teaching for Roman Catholic Healthcare: The Implications of Samaritanus Bonus (“The Good Samaritan”)” American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2021).
  • Bishop, Jeffrey P. and Eberl, J.T., “Point: Is It Ethically Permissible to Unilaterally Withdraw Life-Sustaining Treatments during Crisis Standards of Care? Yes” CHEST 159:6 (2021): 2165-2166.
  • Eberl, J.T., “Unilateral Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatment within Crisis Standards of Care” Health Care Ethics USA 29:1 (2021): 8-10.
  • Eberl, J.T. and Donovan, G. Kevin, “Is It Ethical to Unilaterally Withdraw Life-Sustaining Treatment in Triage Circumstances?” Health Progress 101:2 (2020).
  • Eberl, J.T. and Ostertag, Christopher, “Conscientious Refusals in Health Care” Health Care Ethics USA 28:1 (2020): 7-11.
  • Eberl, J.T., (2021). “Visions of the Common Good: Engelhardt’s Engagement with Catholic Social Teaching.” Christian Bioethics 27(1): 30-49.
  • Eberl, J.T. (2020). “Addressing Vulnerability Due to Cognitive Impairment through Catholic Social Teaching.” The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 20(2), 243-250.
  • The COVID-19 Task Force of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors. (2020). “Ethical Challenges Arising in the COVID-19 Pandemic.” American Journal of Bioethics 20(7), 15-27.
  • Antommaria, Armand H. Matheny … Eberl, J.T. (2020). “Ventilator Triage Policies During the COVID-19 Pandemic at US Hospitals Associated with Members of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors.” Annals of Internal Medicine, DOI: 10.7326/M20-1738.
  • Eberl, J.T. (2019). “Protecting Reasonable Conscientious Refusals in Health Care.” Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 40(6), 565-581.
  • Eberl, J.T. (2019). “A Bioethical Vision.” Journal of Catholic Social Thought 16(2), 279-293.
  • Eberl, J.T. (2019). “Can Prudence Be Enhanced?” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 43(5), 506-526.
  • Eberl, J.T. (2018). “I Am My Brother’s Keeper: Communitarian Obligations to the Dying Person.” Christian Bioethics 24(1), 38-58.
  • Eberl, J.T. (2017). “The Ontological and Moral Significance of Persons.” Scientia et Fides 5(2), 217-236.
  • Waters, N. P., Schmale, T., Goetz, A., Eberl, J. T., Wells, J. H. (2017). "A Call to Promote Healthcare Justice: A Summary of Integrated Outpatient Clinics Exemplifying Principles of Catholic Social Teaching." The Linacre Quarterly 84(1), 57-73.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2015). "A Thomistic Defense of Whole-Brain Death." The Linacre Quarterly 82(3), 235-250.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2014). "A Thomistic Appraisal of Human Enhancement Technologies." Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 35(4), 289-310.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2012). "Religious and Secular Perspectives on the Value of Suffering." The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 12(2), 251-261.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2012). "Metaphysical and Moral Status of Cryopreserved Embryos." The Linacre Quarterly 79(3), 304-315.
  • Eberl, J. T., Kinney, E. K., Williams, M. J. (2011). "Foundation for a Natural Right to Health Care." The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 36(6), 537-557.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2010). "'I, Clone': How Cloning is (Mis)portrayed in Contemporary Cinema." Film and History 40(2), 27-44.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2010). "What Dignitas personae Does Not Say." The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 10(1), 89-110.
  • Eberl, J. T., Ballard, R. A. (2009). "Metaphysical and Ethical Perspectives on Creating Animal-Human Chimeras." The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 34(5), 470-486.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2008). "Potentiality, Possibility, and the Irreversibility of Death." The Review of Metaphysics 62(1), 61-77.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2007). "Dualist and Animalist Perspectives on Death: A Comparison with Aquinas." The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 7(3), 477-489.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2007). "A Thomistic Perspective on the Beginning of Personhood: Redux." Bioethics 21(5), 283-289.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2005). "Extraordinary Care and the Spiritual Goal of Life: A Defense of the View of Kevin O'Rourke, O.P." The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 5(3), 491-501.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2005). "Aquinas's Account of Human Embryogenesis and Recent Interpretations." The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 30(4), 379-394.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2005). "A Thomistic Understanding of Human Death." Bioethics 19(1), 29-48.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2004). "Aquinas on the Nature of Human Beings." The Review of Metaphysics 58(2), 333-365.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2003). "Aquinas on Euthanasia, Suffering, and Palliative Care." The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 3(2), 331-354.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2000). "The Beginning of Personhood: A Thomistic Biological Analysis." Bioethics 14(2), 134-157

Book Chapters

  • Eberl, J. T. (2022). “Does Enhancement Violate Human ‘Nature’?” In The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Human Enhancement, ed. Fabrice Jotterand and Marcello Ienca. Routledge.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2022). “Enhancement Technologies and Children” In Pediatric Ethics: Theory and Practice, ed. Nico Nortjé and Johan Bester. Springer.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2017). "Philosophical Anthropology, Ethics, and Human Enhancement." In Eberl, Jason T. Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics. Springer.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2014). "Persons with Potential." In Lizza, John P. Potentiality: Metaphysical and Bioethical Dimensions. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2014). "There are No Circumstances in which a Doctor May Withhold Information." In Caplan, Arthur L. and Arp, Robert. Contemporary Debates in Bioethics. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2011). "Ontological Status of Whole-Brain Dead Individuals." In Jensen, Steven. The Ethics of Organ Transplantation. Catholic University of America Press.
  • Eberl, J. T., Brown, B. P. (2011). "Brain Life and the Argument from Potential: Affirming the Ontological Status of Human Embryos and Fetuses." In Napier, Stephen. Persons, Moral Worth, and Embryos: A Critical Analysis of Pro-Choice Arguments. Springer.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2009). "Thomism and the Beginning of Personhood." In Lizza, John P. Defining the Beginning and End of Life: Readings on Personal Identity and Bioethics. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Eberl, J. T., Helft, P. R. (2009). "Donner un organe: Le modèle américain" (Organ Donation: The American Model), trans. Jason Dean. In Thiel, Marie-Jo. Donner, recevoir un organe. Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg.
  • Eberl, J. T. (2008). "La notion de souffrance et son rôle dans la définition des soins extraordinaires" (Understanding Suffering and Its Role in Defining Extraordinary Care), trans. Jason Dean. In Thiel, Marie-Jo. Les rites autour du mourir. Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg.
  • Brown, B. P., Eberl, J. T. (2007). "Ethical Considerations in Defense of Embryo Adoption." In Brakman, Sarah-Vaughan and Weaver, Darlene F. The Ethics of Embryo Adoption and the Catholic Tradition. Springer.
  • Meslin, E. M., Salmon, K. R., Eberl, J. T. (2006). "Eligibility for Organ Transplantation by Foreign Nationals: The Relationship between Citizenship, Justice, and Philanthropy as Policy Criteria." In Wailoo, Keith, Livingston, Julie, and Guarnaccia, Peter. A Death Retold: Jesica Santillan, the Bungled Transplant, and Paradoxes of Medical Citizenship. University of North Carolina Press.
Media Placements

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Academy for Professionalism in Health Care
  • American Catholic Philosophical Association
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Association of Bioethics Program Directors
  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
  • International Association of Catholic Bioethics
  • Society of Christian Ethics