The Thief of Time Philosophical Essays on Procrastination

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-14
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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When we fail to achieve our goals, procrastination is often the culprit. But how exactly is procrastination to be understood? It has been described as imprudent, irrational, inconsistent, and even immoral, but there has been no sustained philosophical debate concerning the topic. This edited volume starts in on the task of integrating the problem of procrastination into philosophical inquiry. The focus is on exploring procrastination in relation to agency, rationality, and ethics-topics that philosophy is well-suited to address. Theoretically and empirically informed analyses are developed and applied with the aim of shedding light on a vexing practical problem that generates a great deal of frustration, regret, and harm. Some of the key questions that are addressed include the following: How can we analyze procrastination in a way that does justice to both its voluntary and its self-defeating dimensions? What kind of practical failing is procrastination? Is it a form of weakness of will? Is it the product of fragmented agency? Is it a vice? Given the nature of procrastination, what are the most promising coping strategies?

Author Biography

Chrisoula Andreou is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utah.
Mark D. White is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy at the College of Staten Island, CUNY.

Table of Contents

Notes on the Contributors
Procrastination: The Basic Impulse
Economic Models of Procrastination
Is Procrastination Weakness of Will?
Intransitive Preferences, Vagueness, and the Structure of Procrastination
Bad Timing
Prudence, Procrastination, and Rationality
Procrastination and Personal Identity
Procrastination, Vagueness and the Policy as Action Model
Virtue for Procrastinators
Procrastination as Vice
Overcoming Procrastination through Planning
Coping with Procrastination
Resisting Procrastination: Kantian Autonomy and the Role of the Will
Procrastination and the Extended Will
Procrastination and the Law
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