Derrick Darby

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Office Location(s): 2303 Mason Hall
Phone: 734.647.8315
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  • Fields of Study
    • Social and Political Philosophy, Race, Inequality, Philosophy of Law
  • About

    Professor Darby’s main research has been in social and political philosophy, focusing especially on questions about the source and value of rights, informed by the legacy of race and racism in the United States. His theory can be found in Rights, Race, and Recognition (Cambridge, 2009). His current interests lie at the intersection of social justice, social inequality, and race. Hoping to do justice to inequality, he is working out a systematic position on how we should understand and pursue social justice under nonideal circumstances, as informed by empirical research in sociology and psychology on beliefs about social inequality and how they vary by race and ethnicity. Work on this project includes collaborative research articles with a social psychologist, a sociologist, and a co-authored book in progress on the racial achievement gap with a historian, tentatively entitled The Color of Mind: Why the Origins of the Achievement Gap Matter for Justice. The Spencer Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities have supported his current research.

  • Education
    • 1996, Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
      1988, B.A., Philosophy with minor in African American Studies, Colgate University