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  1. I teach ethics in college, and I have struggled with these issues for more than 40 years, reading the works of many philosophers and writers. What Brooks makes clear in this article is that he himself has no idea about the real nature of ethics than any of these students he describes, and simply assumes that true ethics is accepting the consensus of the society in which a person lives.

    What Brooks, Bloom and Himmelfarb avoid mentioning is that when somebody, like a college student, asks the first real question about the origins of that moral consensus and pulls the first brick out of that beautiful conventional structure the whole thing falls down. That question is, “How do you know that this is the right thing to do?”

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