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The Thief of TimePhilosophical Essays on Procrastination$
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Chrisoula Andreou and Mark D. White

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195376685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195376685.001.0001

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Resisting Procrastination

Resisting Procrastination

Kantian Autonomy and the Role of the Will

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(p.216) 13 Resisting Procrastination
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Mark D. White (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195376685.003.0013

Economists, psychologists, and philosophers have written extensively on the causes of procrastination. While their work helps us understand why people procrastinate, it does not explain how they can resist the urge to procrastinate. This chapter argues that this is a result of a refusal to acknowledge a faculty of choice, or a will, separate from preferences or desires, which can overwhelm their pull. Based on the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant, as well as contemporary work in volitionism, this chapter applies to procrastination a Kantian-economic model of decision making that emphasizes strength of character and willpower, which can serve as alternatives to the coping strategies offered elsewhere in the literature.

Keywords:   affect, character, economics, Immanuel Kant, John Searle, passion, procrastination, Richard Holton, Roy Baumeister, volitionism, weakness of will, will, willpower

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