The Thief of Time

The Thief of Time : Philosophical Essays on Procrastination

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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?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 155 x 234 x 21mm | 470g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 019991737X
  • 9780199917372
  • 531,413

Table of contents

Notes on the Contributors ; Introduction, Chrisoula Andreou and Mark D. White ; Part I ; 1. Procrastination: The Basic Impulse, George Ainslie ; 2. Economic Models of Procrastination, Don Ross ; 3. Is Procrastination Weakness of Will?, Sarah Stroud ; 4. Intransitive Preferences, Vagueness, and the Structure of Procrastination, Duncan MacIntosh ; 5. Bad Timing, Jon Elster ; Part II ; 6. Prudence, Procrastination, and Rationality, Olav Gjelsvik ; 7. Procrastination and Personal Identity, Christine Tappolet ; 8. Procrastination, Vagueness and the Policy as Action Model, Sergio Tenenbaum ; 9. Virtue for Procrastinators, Elijah Millgram ; 10. Procrastination as Vice, Jennifer A. Baker ; Part III ; 11. Overcoming Procrastination through Planning, Frank Wieber and Peter M. Gollwitzer ; 12. Coping with Procrastination, Chrisoula Andreou ; 13. Resisting Procrastination: Kantian Autonomy and the Role of the Will, Mark D. White ; 14. Procrastination and the Extended Will, Joseph Heath and Joel Anderson ; 15. Procrastination and the Law, Manuel A. Utset ; Bibliography ; Index
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The Thief of Time is an interesting and important book. It deals in fresh ways with well-known philosophical problems: will and rationality and their weaknesses, vice and virtue, identity, the nature of lived time. And more importantly, Andreou and White's collection often weds these questions to ordinary struggles and anxieties - lucidly and sometimes enjoyably ... Worth putting off rubbish television for it. * Damon Young, Philosophers' Magazine *
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About Chrisoula Andreou

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