Hip Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason

This book contains a foreword by Dr. Cornel West who says:  “This path-blazing book begins and ends with the language and realities of the streets—especially the mean streets of the downtrodden yet creative demos in postmodern America.”  Famed rapper KRS-ONE calls this an “excellent, excellent, hip hop book.”

Hip Hop & Philosophy challenges the assumption that there is an unbridgeable gap between street knowledge and book knowledge. It also challenges colleges and universities to encourage new and creative ways to demonstrate the virtues of a liberal education for an increasingly diverse student body that views itself as part of the hip-hop generation. A prominent theme of Dr. Darby’s public addresses is to demonstrate that hip hop can be a vehicle for student intellectual empowerment and student success.





Rights, Race, and Recognition

Cambridge University Press

“Rights, Race, and Recognition has the great virtue of being at once a very sophisticated discussion of the metaethical question of the grounding of claims to moral rights while, at the same time, being rooted in and attentive to the concrete situation of racial subordination (both present and historical) as an explicit violation of such rights.” Michael J. Monahan, Marquette University –  Journal of Social Theory and Practice

Darby’s main concern is to cast doubt on what he labels the ‘moral impoverishment thesis’ that seeks to defend natural rights and he is successful in this respect. The main contribution of the book is to show that the case of slavery in the United States is not a simple case of a minority deprived of their ‘human rights’; instead, Darby argues that such slavery was held to be consistent with conceptions of natural rights.” Matthew Hann, University of Durham UK – Contemporary Political Theory

“Rights, Race, and Recognition is a thorough, thoughtful, and provocative examination of race and the limitations of the liberal tradition’s classic natural rights doctrine. After exploring the reasons for the normative attractiveness of the prevailing view, Darby develops the case against presocial rights and argues that it is possible to establish the wrongness of practices like chattel slavery without relying on the traditional view of rights. His analysis is both critical and constructive.” John A. Berteaux, California State University – Ethics