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How to Be Perfect
How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question | Michael Schur
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 2,500 years of deep thinking from around the world. Most people think of themselves as good, but its not always easy to determine whats good or badespecially 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, well 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, well gain fresh, funny, inspiring wisdom on the toughest issues we face every day.
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A poignant, often funny, look at modern ethics: moral dilemmas, moral reasoning, utilitarian limits, virtue signaling, moral exhaustion, etc. This spoke directly to the spastic rule follower in me, who is so hyperaware of being considerate and respectful, often to a fault, resulting in sometimes being a passive-aggressive asshole. So, yeah, I really enjoyed this!

BiblioLitten I loved that show…The Good Place. 1w
britt_brooke @BiblioLitten I‘ve not seen it (yet)! 1w
Cinfhen Excellent review and now that you wrote the phrase passive aggressive asshole I think I might be one too!!! 🙋🏼‍♀️ 1w
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britt_brooke
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🎧👟 Enjoying this one so far! #audiowalk

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Hillea2
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Michael Schur is hilarious and I loved listening to the audio book. Be prepared for it to make you feel like a horrible person.

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TieDyeDude
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I really enjoyed this audio. I liked the way the footnotes were incorporated, as they are essential to the humor of the book and making it more accessible. The cast of The Good Place read all the quotations and references while the author expertly reads the rest of the text. Good as a companion piece to The Good Place or on its own as an introduction to moral philosophy, which more people should be aware of in this day and age.

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The audio of this includes readings and sound cues from cast members of "The Good Place", so while I don't think you need to watch five seasons of TV to appreciate this book, it wouldn't hurt. Basically, if you wish you could sit in on one of Chili's classes where he tries to sum up philosophy, this book might be for you. But also if you've ever just spent a bunch of time thinking about the ethics of tipping or something.

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The creator of the beloved NBC show The Good Place leads us through 2,500 years of moral philosophy in this fun, funny, smart, and soulful book that actually makes concepts like virtue ethics, utilitarianism, existentialism, deontology, and ubuntu applicable, relatable, and easy to understand! This was a joy to read and the audiobook, with its full-cast of The Good Place stars, was a blast to listen to! Thank you for Libro.fm for the free audio!

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