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Michael Schur: How to Be Perfect


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This event is available on demand from 6.30pm AEST, Thursday 28 April until 5.00pm AEST, Thursday 5 May

With its unique blend of philosophy and comedy, The Good Place drew a loyal following interested in the TV show’s central conceit: what does it really mean to be a good person?

The show’s writer and producer Michael Schur – who also created the hit shows Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine – expands the thinking behind this thorny question in his new book, How to be Perfect, which explores how to live more ethically in a world seemingly determined to morally upend us.

Drawing on real-life dilemmas ranging from ‘should I punch my friend in the face for no reason?’ to ‘can I still enjoy great art if it was created by terrible people?’, How to be Perfect is a guide through 2500 years of philosophical debate, told with Schur’s trademark humour and zest for life.

In conversation with ethicist and author Eleanor Gordon-Smith, Michael will discuss morality, the history of philosophy, and his advice for being better in the latest instalment of our popular Postcards From Abroad series.

The bookseller for this event is Hill of Content Bookshop

Presented in partnership with The Ethics Centre

This event takes place online and is available on demand from Thursday 28 April 6.30pm AEST,  until Thursday 5 May AEST.

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Michael Schur

Michael Schur is a television writer and producer who has worked on shows like The Office, Master of None, The Comeback, and Hacks, and created or co-created Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn 99, The Good Place, and Rutherford Falls. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jennifer, and their two... Read more

Eleanor Gordon-Smith

Eleanor Gordon-Smith is a reporter, ethicist, and recovering champion debater. Currently at Princeton University, she has lectured on topics from the foundations of the political state to the philosophy of sex. Her work has appeared in NPR’s This American Life, Australia’s Radio National, the ... Read more


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