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Derrick Darby will deliver the inaugural philosophy colloquium series lecture of 2013-14. The title of his talk will be, "Why the Rich and Poor Don’t See Eye to Eye on Inequality and Why this Matters for Justice."
Now a professor of law and philosophy at the University of Kansas, where he holds joint appointments in the School of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor Darby received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. His main areas of research are social and political philosophy and philosophy of education with a focus on rights, race, inequality, and social justice. In addition to his numerous scholarly articles in a wide range of venues, he is the author of "Rights, Race, and Recognition" (Cambridge, 2009) and the coeditor of "Hip Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason" (Open Court, 2005). He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and has held appointments at Northwestern University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has collaborated with scholars in economics, sociology, psychology, history, and various professional schools. He is currently working on a coauthored book on why the origins of the racial achievement gap matter for theory and practice.
Professor Darby’s philosophy colloquium talk will draw on social psychological evidence showing that the perspective from which the economically advantaged and disadvantaged view economic inequalities matters a great deal for how they are appraised, for when they are considered unfair, and for what evidentiary standards individuals rely upon to reach their conclusions. The lecture will argue that choice egalitarianism is unsuitable for articulating the demands of justice when people not only disagree about the causes of inequality but also have motivated reasons to adopt different standards for appraising its fairness. Because choice egalitarianism requires us to take a stand on the causes of inequality, Professor Darby will argue that it is an unsuitable ideal. The shortcomings of choice egalitarianism present serious problems for all interested in getting people to assume collective responsibility for doing something about inequality in the real world.