The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination by Mark D. White

The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination

byMark D. WhiteEditorChrisoula Andreou

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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 informedanalyses 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 itsvoluntary 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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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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Title:The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on ProcrastinationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Notes on the ContributorsChrisoula Andreou and Mark D. White: IntroductionPart I1. George Ainslie: Procrastination: The Basic Impulse2. Don Ross: Economic Models of Procrastination3. Sarah Stroud: Is Procrastination Weakness of Will?4. Duncan MacIntosh: Intransitive Preferences, Vagueness, and the Structure of Procrastination5. Jon Elster: Bad TimingPart II6. Olav Gjelsvik: Prudence, Procrastination, and Rationality7. Christine Tappolet: Procrastination and Personal Identity8. Sergio Tenenbaum: Procrastination, Vagueness and the Policy as Action Model9. Elijah Millgram: Virtue for Procrastinators10. Jennifer A. Baker: Procrastination as VicePart III11. Frank Wieber and Peter M. Gollwitzer: Overcoming Procrastination through Planning12. Chrisoula Andreou: Coping with Procrastination13. Mark D. White: Resisting Procrastination: Kantian Autonomy and the Role of the Will14. Joseph Heath and Joel Anderson: Procrastination and the Extended Will15. Manuel A. Utset: Procrastination and the LawBibliographyIndex

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"[This book] 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 - lucidlyand sometimes enjoyably.... All in all, 'The Thief of Time' does two important things. It explores standard philosophical problems with rigour and erudition. And it examines a widespread, human, all-too-human failing with sensitivity, clarity and practicality. In this, Andreou and White's anthologyrewards a careful, patient reading." --The Philosopher's Magazine