Hybrid Event: Todd May discusses How to Be Perfect

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Image shows text: Todd May discusses HOW TO BE PERFECT. Thursday, May 26, 2022. 6 PM ET. Hybrid. Next to the text are photos of May and the cover of the book HOW TO BE PERFECT by Michael Schur.

Join us for a discussion with Todd May, philosophical advisor for the book How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question. 

This is a hybrid event, meaning there is an option to attend virtually and a limited number of seats available to attend the event in-store. Registration is required for both in-person and virtual attendance. 

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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.

Todd May recently retired from Clemson University as Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of the Humanities.  He is the author of sixteen books of philosophy and was advisor to the hit television sit-com The Good Place.  He was also the advisor to TGP showrunner Mike Schur's How to be Perfect, working closely with him on the philosophical theories discussed in the book.

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Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 6:00pm
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Virtual or in-store attendance option
How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982159313
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - January 25th, 2022

A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226786346
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Chicago Press - May 7th, 2021

SKU: x672389