What does it mean to be a good person?

That’s a question that people have been asking themselves since we’ve been capable of asking ourselves questions. There’s a fluidity that comes with moral judgments, a shift of perspective from individual to individual. “Good” means different things to different people, and yet … is it possible that there’s a right answer? Some of our most brilliant thinkers have devoted years of their lives in an effort to figure it out.

And now we can add Michael Schur to the list.

Schur – a television writer/producer responsible for some of the most beloved sitcoms of the past 20 years – has written his first book, titled “How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question” (Simon & Schuster, $28.99). In it, he delves into the sometimes-thorny realm of moral philosophy – a subject that he explored to great effect in his excellent show “The Good Place” – and finds ways to connect the abstraction of thought with the concrete reality of existing in the world.

The result is a wryly funny book that is also packed with wisdom, a primer of sorts with regard to the semantics of being a good person. Each chapter is headed by a question that addresses moral behavior; these questions are explored and often (but not always) fully answered thanks to Schur’s wit and his willingness to mix it up with some admittedly challenging thinkers, all with the help of some dense philosophical tomes and a few modern-day experts to help guide him along the way.

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You know who Michael Schur is, even if you don’t know you know.

Simply put, Schur is one of the creative forces behind some of the most beloved television programming of the past two decades. His wry wit and delicate sense of the absurd has contributed to some all-time great shows.

This is a guy who, after a few years spent on the writing staff at “Saturday Night Live,” would go on to work on NBC’s classic sitcom “The Office” before going on one of the all-time runs in the history of comedic television.

He and Greg Daniels co-created “Parks and Recreation,” which first hit the airwaves in April of 2009 and ran for seven seasons. While that show was still running strong, Schur’s next creation, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” debuted in 2013 and only recently concluded after an eight-season run. And in 2016, Schur turned moral philosophy and the afterlife into “The Good Place,” which wrapped after four seasons.

Think about that – this is a guy who played a major role in four of the definitive sitcoms of the 21st century and played a huge part in the creation of three of them. Michael Schur has worked on more seasons of excellent TV than there have been years starting with a 20.

(Now, I’ll confess that my fandom extends in a slightly wonkier direction, as I am a longtime fan of Schur’s work as baseball blogger Ken Tremendous – RIP Fire Joe Morgan – and his delightful partnership with the sportswriter Joe Posnanski on the eponymous Poscast, currently available wherever you find such things. He also holds an affinity for David Foster Wallace’s seminal “Infinite Jest,” which, as a dude who majored in English in the ‘90s, I totally get.)

You might think, “Wow! That’s a lot!” Particularly when you take into account all of the other projects that Schur produces and/or develops – can’t wait for his upcoming “Field of Dreams” show, by the way. This is one busy dude.

And so he wrote a book. OF COURSE he did.

Schur’s book – his first – is a nonfiction work titled “How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question,” published by Simon & Schuster and out as of January 25.

(See our full review of "How to Be Perfect" here.)

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