Jonathan Beever

Jonathan Beever, Ph.D.


Jonathan Beever is Associate Professor of Ethics & Digital Culture in the Department of Philosophy and the Texts & Technology Ph.D. Program at the University of Central Florida. 

He is the founding director of the UCF Center for Ethics (founded Fall 2019), and the Program Director of the Theoretical and Applied Ethics Certificate Program. 

He previously held postdoctoral appointments in ethics at Penn State and Purdue University. He works in applied ethics, specifically at the intersections among digital ethics, environmental ethics, and bioethics, on issues including the ethics of biotechnologies, environmental bioethics, public and ecological health ethics, digital ethics, and questions of interdependence.


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy from Purdue University (2012)
  • B.A. in Philosophy from University of Maine (2003)

Research Interests

Ethics (Animal, Environmental, Digital, Engineering), Environmental Bioethics; Simulation and Representation; Soundscape Ecology; Interdependence

Recent Research Activities

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Selected Publications


  • Beever, J. (Ed). The Horror of Relations: The Dark Side of Interdependence. Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield). Forthcoming Fall 2020.
  • Beever, J., McDaniel R., Stanlick, N. (2018). Understanding Digital Ethics: Cases and Contexts. Routledge.
  • Beever, Jonathan and Vernon W. Cisney (eds). 2016. The Way of Nature and the Way of Grace: Philosophical Footholds on Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. Northwestern University Press.
  • Perspectives in Bioethics, Science, and Public Policy. 2013. Jonathan Beever and Nicolae Morar (Eds.). Purdue University Press.


  • Beever, J., & Taylor, L. “The Ethics of Public Commenting: Manipulation, Data Risk, and Public Participation in E-Rulemaking.” Bioethics. (forthcoming Fall 2021).
  • Beever, J., Kuebler, S.M. & Collins, J. Where ethics is taught: an institutional epidemiology. International Journal of Ethics Education (2021).
  • Spector-Bagdady, K., Beever, J. (July 07, 2020). “Rethinking the Importance of the Individual within a Community of Data.” Hastings Center Report.
  • Upvall, M., Nguyen-Thanh, T., Beever, J., & Huy, N.V.Q. (June 2020). “An Interprofessional Approach to Assessing Research Ethics Capacity in Vietnam: Implications for Nursing Education.” Nursing Education Perspectives. [online first June 26, 2020] doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000683.
  • Beever, J. (May 2020 [first online Dec. 2019]). “Sonic Liminality: Soundscapes, Semiotics, and Ecologies of Meaning.” Biosemiotics (special edition on Hybrid Natures) 13(1): 77-88.
  • Hess, J.L., Beever, J., Zoltowski, C.B., Kisselburgh, L., Brightman, A.O. (Feb. 2019). “Enhancing Engineering Students’ Ethical Reasoning: Situating Reflexive Principlism within the SIRA Framework.” Journal of Engineering Education 108(1): 82-102.
  • Beever, J.& Morar, N. (August 2018). “The Ethics and Epistemic Onus of ‘One Health’,” Bioethics.10.1111/bioe.12522.
  • Beever, J. & Tønnessen, M. (Aug 2018). “Justifying Moral Standing by Biosemiotic Particularism.” Zeitschrift fur Semiotik 37(3-4): 31-54.
  • Beever, J. & Whitehouse, P.J. (2018). “The Ecosystem of Bioethics: Building Bridges to Public Health.” Jahr: European Journal of Bioethics 8/2(16): 227-243.
  • Beever, J.& Tønnessen, M. (2017). “Justifying Moral Standing by Biosemiotic Particularism.” Zeitschrift fur Semiotik 37(3-4): 31-54.
  • Beever, J. (Jan. 2017). “The Ontology of Species: Commentary on Kasperbauer’s ‘Should We Bring Back the Passenger Pigeon? The Ethics of De-Extinction’.” Ethics, Policy, and Environment
  • Beever, J.(2016). “The Mountain and the Wolf: Leopold’s Uexkullian Influence.” Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities 4(1): 85-109.
  • Beever, J.& Morar, N. (2016). “The Porosity of Autonomy: Social and Biological Constitution of the Individual in Biomedicine.” American Journal of Bioethics16(2): 34-45.
  • Beever, J. (Fall 2016). “Teaching Ethics Ecologically: Decision-Making Through Narrative.” Teaching Ethics 16(2): 195-206.
  • Beever, J.& Morar, M. (2016). “Bioethics and the Challenge of the Ecological Individual.” Environmental Philosophy13(2):215-238.
  • Beever, J. (2016). “Teaching Ethics Ecologically: Decision-Making Through Narrative.” Teaching Ethics 16(2): 195-206.
  • Beever, J.& Brightman, A.O. (2016). “Reflexive Principlism As An Effective Approach for Developing Ethical Reasoning in Engineering.” 2016 [online Feb 2015]. Science and Engineering Ethics22(1):275-291.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Kisselburgh, L. and Beever, J. (Feb 2022). “The Ethics of Privacy in Research and Design: Principles, Practices, and Potential” in Modern Socio-Technical Perspectives on Privacy. Knijnenburg, B., Page, X., Wisniewski, P., Lipford, H.R., Proferes, N., Romano, J. (Eds.). Springer. 
  • Brightman, A.O., Beever, J., Hiles, M.C. (Nov 2019). “Next-Generation Ethical Development of Medical Devices: Considering Harms, Benefits, Fairness, and Freedom,” In Next Generation Ethics: Engineering a Better Society. Abbas, A.E. (Ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  • Hess, J., Beever, J., Strobel, J., Brightman, A.O. (2017). “Empathic Perspective-Taking and Ethical Decision-Making in Engineering Ethics Education.” In Philosophy and Engineering: Exploring Boundaries, Expanding Connections: 163-179, Byron Newberry, B., Michelfelder, D., Zhu, Q.(Eds.). Springer .
  • Beever, J. (2016). “Have Hope, Not too Much, Mostly for Plants: Hope in Environmental Moral Literacy.” In Ecology, Ethics, and Hope: 111-126, Brei, A. (Ed.). Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Beever, J. (January 2016). “Symbolic Violence as Subtle Virulence: A Philosophy of Terrorism.” In Re-Visioning Terrorism: A Humanistic Perspective: 163-179, Lawton, B. & Coda, E. (Eds.). West Lafayette, Purdue University Press.

Book Reviews

  • Beever, J. (August 2020). Book review. “Review of Nicholas Shrubsole’s What Has No Place, Remains (2019).” Environmental Philosophy 17(1): 183-186.


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Updated: Nov 27, 2023