4 a read david brooks s article the child in the basement this article
4. (A) Read David Brooks's article "The Child in the Basement." (This article can be found in
the Week 6 folder of our Blackboard course page. Click on "Homework: Read Brooks, "The
Child in the Basement.") (B) Choose one of the points he makes and explain why it
surprises/interests you or why you agree/disagree with it.
Note: Utilitarian Mind-Set (Brooks's article, page 2, paragraph 6): Utilitarianism is an ethical
philosophy. It states that the happiness of the greatest number of people in the society is
considered the greatest good. According to this philosophy, an action is morally right if its
consequences lead to happiness (the absence of pain); the action is wrong if it ends in
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