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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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Procrastination as Vice

Procrastination as Vice

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(p.165) 10 Procrastination as Vice
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The Thief of Time
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Jennifer A. Baker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195376685.003.0010

This chapter argues that there are explanatory benefits to treating procrastination as a moral phenomenon. An ethical theory that is committed to an account of moral psychology can help elucidate the phenomenon of procrastination. Yet more commonly, procrastination is regarded as sin or vice without reference to the needed explanation. The traditional accounts of virtue (the Aristotelian, the Stoic, and the Epicurean) provide better examples. The moral psychology proposed by each of these theories is used to classify and explain procrastination alongside other behaviors. Although each virtue ethic delivers a different verdict on whether procrastination is a vice, the reasons for this disagreement highlight the questions that remain unsettled, even after thorough empirical research on procrastination has been done.

Keywords:   Aristotle, Epicureanism, ethical theory, procrastination, Stoicism, vice, virtue

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