Philosopher, university professor. Born– August 12, 1909, Blue Ridge Summit, Md. Parents– James Iredell and Mary (Dobie) Jenkins. Married– Isabel Lawson Cook, December 27, 1934. Children– Two. Education– University of Virginia, A.B., 1933, A.M., 1934, Ph.D., 1937. Taught philosophy at Tulane University, 1937-1946; Yale University, 1946-1949; University of Alabama, 1949-78, where he served as chair of the Department of Philosophy; served as philosopher in residence, Yale School of Medicine, 1971; American Council of Learned Societies fellow, 1952-1953; Hill Family Foundation Lecturer at Macalester College and Hamline University, 1955; senior fellow in law and behavioral sciences, University of Chicago Law School, 1959-1960; visiting professor, Northwestern University, 1964-1965; lecturer, National Law Institute, University of Notre Dame, 1973. Rockefeller Foundation Research Grant, 1957-1958. Member; American Philosophical Association; American Society of Aesthetics; Metaphysical Society of America; other American and international philosophical societies. Contributed to periodicals and anthologies. The Department of Philosophy at the University of Alabama set up the Iredell Jenkins Endowed Memorial Scholarship, given each year to the outstanding student in philosophy, in his honor. Died April 9, 1988.


Directory of American Scholars, 1974; Marquis Who’s Who online


Art and Human Enterprise. Cambridge, Mass.; Harvard University Press, 1958.

Social Order and the Limits of Law, a Theoretical Essay. Princeton, N.J.; Princeton University Press, 1980.