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Jan G. Deutsch is an American philosopher and legal scholar best known for his work on the philosophy of corporate law, jurisprudence, and the cultural underpinnings of capitalist democracy.


Deutsch, Jan Ginter was born in 1935.


He received a B.A., Ph.D., and J.D. from Yale, after which he practiced law at a firm in Cleveland for a short time (with current Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia) and clerked with Justice Potter Stewart before joining the Yale Law faculty in 1966.


Deutsch's most recent book, Power and Precedent (Vandeplas, 2007), is a summation of his work on United States jurisprudence over the past few decades. Deutsch is currently Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law Emeritus and Professorial Lecturer at Yale Law School. Deutsch's two most famous published works are Selling the People’s Cadillac: The Edsel and Corporate Responsibility (Yale University Press, 1976), a diagnosis of social ills as seen through the lens of a failed automobile, and a 1969 article, “Neutrality, Legitimacy, and the Supreme Court: Some Intersections Between Law and Political Science,” 20 Stan.

L. Rev. 169, on fundamental rights vs. opinions. Former President Bill Clinton wrote, in his autobiography, of Deutsch: "He was the only man I'd ever met who ate all of an apple, including the core. He said all the good minerals were there.

He was smarter than I was, so I tried it. Once in a while, I still do, with fond memories of Professor Deutsch.".


  • Bar: District of Columbia 1963, Ohio 1965.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (with Bianco) International Transactions: The Law of Corporations, 1976, Selling the People's Cadillac, 1976.


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