"Race, Rights and Recognition," by Derrick Darby

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WHERE DO RIGHTS COME FROM? Derrick Darby, associate professor of philosophy, examines the question of where rights come from in his book “Race, Rights and Recognition.” The idea of rights has been based in many ideas, such as divine agency, human nature and a host of others. Rights are also regularly used to assess the moral value of legal and social practices. Darby argues that all rights are products of social recognition, drawing on the legacy of race and racism in the United States. He examines the role of rights in moral, political and legal theory and in everyday discourse.

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