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)

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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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19574 PHI3672 Animal Ethics Web-Based (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
19569 PHM4031 Environmental Philosophy Face to Face (P) Tu 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
19570 PHM5035 Environmental Philosophy Face to Face (P) Tu 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81306 PHI5627 Theoretical and Applied Ethics Web-Based (W) Unavailable
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2022.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11317 ENG6810 Theories of Texts & Technology Video W 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Available

Theory, whether critical, literacy, representational, social, scientific, normative, or of some other kind, serves as the foundation for the sorts of critical analyses, unpackings, reshapings, and explorations we do as scholars of contemporary problems. In this course, we will analyze and apply theories as a lens through which we view a problem and as a mouthpiece through which we give new voice to that problem. 

Our specific focus this semester will be on the transitions between structuralism and post-structuralism, and modernity and postmodernity, through a lens focused on the impacts of science and technology on lived experiences.

Students in this class will:

  • Identify the structures of theory across various disciplines and their relation to applied and procedural topics,
  • Engage in scholarly analysis of course texts and their position in interdisciplinary discourses,
  • Improve interpretation, critical analysis and synthesis, and argumentation skills with regard to theory, and
  • Cultivate a theoretical toolkit for future graduate coursework and research.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81426 PHI5627 Theoretical and Applied Ethics Web-Based (W) Available

In this online course we will survey the landscape of theoretical and applied ethical issues through reasoned discussion, conceptual analysis, and critical writing. Our approach will not assume any expert-level knowledge of traditional ethical theories but, instead, will take a broadly pluralistic perspective on ethical inquiry and decision-making. My rationale for guiding you by this perspective is that ethical issues, here in the 21st century, are not the domain of solely philosophers but, rather, of an extensive community of inquirers including ethicists, scientists, and policy-makers of all sorts. Our job, as philosophers in this course, is to think carefully and critically about ethical issues and to develop strategies for helping others do this same.

Participants in this course will:
1. understand and identify instances of embedded ethics, broader impacts, and research integrity as they apply to a range of perspectives and disciplines,
2. develop an ability to apply ethical reasoning skills to examples of each of those three domains of research ethics through case-based analyses,
3. and acquire pedagogical skills in ethical inquiry through developing, delivering, and assessing presentation materials on relevant ethical issues drawn from your home disciplines and/or individual interests.

Students who participate in PHI5627 will gain experience in leading discussions about ethical issues and will be encouraged to begin to identify ways to develop peer mentoring on these important topics. I anticipate that students will actively contribute to the course through discussion and development of unique topics or case studies.

92262 PHI6679 Digital Ethics Video W 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Available

As digital technologies and information continues to pervade our experience of and in the world, digital ethics works to develop strategies, theories, and concepts to help us navigate the complex value landscape. Connecting cases and examples to digital ethics theory, this seminar examines ethical implications of contemporary digital technologies and the cultures, communities, and environments they support. Students of digital ethics will critically examine the nature and scope of the digital to analyze and unpack its ethical implications for not only social structures and institutions but also for human and nonhuman nature.

No courses found for Summer 2021.

Updated: Apr 27, 2022