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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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The Thief of Time

Chrisoula Andreou (Contributor Webpage)

Mark D. White (Contributor Webpage)

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This introductory chapter considers some promising characterizations of procrastination and raises a variety of complications concerning this philosophically interesting but underexplored phenomenon. Procrastination is discussed in relation to irrationality, self-deception, akrasia, irresoluteness, vague goals, hypocrisy, and fragmented agency. Two quasi-economic models of procrastination, one focused on discounting-induced preference reversals and the other on intransitive preferences, are highlighted. The chapters in the rest of the volume, which is divided into three parts, are introduced: the chapters in the first part are primarily concerned with analyzing procrastination or uncovering its sources; the chapters in the second part explore the connection between procrastination and imprudence or vice; and the chapters in the third part are concerned primarily with strategies for coping with procrastination.

Keywords:   coping, discounting, fragmented agency, imprudence, intransitive preferences, irrationality, irresoluteness, procrastination, vague goals, vice

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