Jedediah Purdy

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Jedediah S. Purdy
ResidenceUnited States
NationalityUnited States
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materPhillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College
Yale Law School (Class of 2001)
Scientific career
InstitutionsDuke University

Jedediah S. Purdy (born 1974 in Chloe, West Virginia) is a professor of law at Duke University teaching constitutional, environmental, and property law. Purdy is the author of two widely discussed books: For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today (1999)[1] and Being America: Liberty, Commerce and Violence in an American World (2003).

He is also the author of After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene (2015)[2], The Meaning of Property: Freedom, Community and the Legal Imagination (2010), and A Tolerable Anarchy: Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom (2009)[3].

In 2019, Purdy will join the faculty of Columbia Law School.[4]


Purdy, the son of Wally and Deirdre Purdy,[5] was homeschooled in West Virginia until high school. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, and in 1997 of Harvard College, where he was a Truman Scholar and a member of the Class of 1997. He also graduated from Yale Law School in its Class of 2001.

After law school, he clerked for Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York.[when?] He also serves on the editorial advisory board of the Ethics & International Affairs. He is[when?] a professor of law at Duke University, teaching constitutional, environmental, and property law.

He was[when?] a fellow at the New America Foundation,[6] a think tank that has been described[by whom?] as radical centrist in orientation.[7]


  1. ^ "For Common Things" (Knopf), has become one of the season's meatier cultural chew toys. Kahn, Joseph P. (19 October 1999) "Shooting at the hip; With the assurance of youth, Jed Purdy challenges a culture of 'terminal irony' in an age of cool" The Boston Globe page D-1
  2. ^ Purdy, Jedediah (2015). After Nature : A Politics for the Anthropocene. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-36822-4.
  3. ^ Purdy, Jedediah (2010). A tolerable anarchy : rebels, reactionaries, and the making of American freedom. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 978-1-4000-9584-1.
  4. ^ "Columbia Law School Welcomes Five New Members to Its Faculty". Columbia Law School. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
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  6. ^ Halstead, Ted, ed. (2004). The Real State of the Union: From the Best Minds in America, Bold Solutions to the Problems Politicians Dare Not Address. Basic Books, pp. vii and xiii. ISBN 978-0-465-05052-9.
  7. ^ Morin, Richard; Deane, Claudia (10 December 2001). "Big Thinker. Ted Halstead’s New America Foundation Has It All: Money, Brains and Buzz". The Washington Post, "Style" section, p. 1.

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