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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?show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 12 black and white line illustrations
  • 0195376684
  • 9780195376685
  • 742,913

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.show more

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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 *show more

Table of contents

NOTES ON THE CONTRIBUTORS; INTRODUCTION- CHRISOULA ANDREOU AND MARK D. WHITE; PART I; PART II; PART III; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEXshow more

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