How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question (Paperback)

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I love this book so much that when I finished it, I immediately started reading it again...and then again. After three full reads, I'm now considering a fourth. For anyone who has ever wondered about the history of moral philosophy (I know there are some of you) or lain awake at night fretting about ethics and morals (I know there are a lot of you), this book is an informative joy to read--in fact, that holds true whether or not you give a fig about moral philosophy. (You will after reading this.) In fresh, witty, easily digestible chapters, this book says "it's okay to not have all the answers...but if you want more than you have right now, here's how you can find them." — Claire Bennet

So, so funny and informative! Brings all of my favorite parts of the Good Place into one book. This book makes ethics and moral philosophy accessible for those new to the subject in a humorous and engaging way! I highly, highly recommend:) — Sienna Halstead


From the creator of The Good Place and the cocreator of Parks and Recreation, a hilarious, thought-provoking guide to living an ethical life, drawing on 2,400 years of deep thinking from around the world.

Most people think of themselves as “good,” but it’s not always easy to determine what’s “good” or “bad”—especially in a world filled with complicated choices and pitfalls and booby traps and bad advice. Fortunately, many smart philosophers have been pondering this conundrum for millennia and they have guidance for us. With bright wit and deep insight, How to Be Perfect explains concepts like deontology, utilitarianism, existentialism, ubuntu, and more so we can sound cool at parties and become better people.

Schur starts off with easy ethical questions like “Should I punch my friend in the face for no reason?” (No.) and works his way up to the most complex moral issues we all face. Such as: Can I still enjoy great art if it was created by terrible people? How much money should I give to charity? Why bother being good at all when there are no consequences for being bad? And much more. By the time the book is done, we’ll know exactly how to act in every conceivable situation, so as to produce a verifiably maximal amount of moral good. We will be perfect, and all our friends will be jealous. OK, not quite. Instead, we’ll gain fresh, funny, inspiring wisdom on the toughest issues we face every day.

About the Author

Michael Schur is a television writer and producer who has worked on shows like The OfficeMaster of NoneThe Comeback, and Hacks, and created or cocreated Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn 99, The Good Place, and Rutherford Falls. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jennifer, and their two kids, William and Ivy.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781982159320
ISBN-10: 1982159324
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: April 18th, 2023
Pages: 304
Language: English