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How to Be Perfect (First Year Read, 2023)

A guide to the 2023 First Year Read Program pick, How to Be Perfect by Michael Schur (2022).

How to Be Perfect:
The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question

Michael Schur

2023 First Year Read


Welcome to the reading guide for the First Year Reading Program's 2023 pick, How to Be Perfect by Michael Schur, created by librarians Courtney Walsh and Vicky Ludas Orlofsky.


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“The most important part of becoming better people, I’ll say yet again, is that we care about whether what we do is good or bad, and therefore try to do the right thing.” (Schur, p. 202)

How to Use This Guide

This guide collects the major points and concepts of How to Be Perfect to help you expand on what you read in Schur's book with books from the Library, videos, and links to more information.

Schur often cites the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) and so do we. However, please note that the SEP has a strong focus in Western philosophy and is weaker in its coverage of Asian and African philosophical concepts so we have also brought in other important sources.


Research and reference resources where we found a lot of the information in this guide and where you can go to explore these concepts further.


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