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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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Virtue for Procrastinators

Virtue for Procrastinators

(p.151) 9 Virtue for Procrastinators
The Thief of Time

Elijah Millgram

Oxford University Press

One type of procrastination is a result of the surprising temporal structure of some important human goods, whose benefits cannot be accounted for as the sums of benefits of momentary goods. Virtue for such a procrastinator consists in adopting compensating strategies, one of which is artificially imposing instrumental structure on an activity. If many agents are procrastinators and the device is widespread, then one of the deepest motivations for instrumentalism—the evident pervasiveness of instrumentally structured activity—is misleading.

Keywords:   Anscombe, conditional fallacy, dummy goals, instrumentalism, neo-Aristotelianism, practical reasoning, totting up model, virtue ethics, volitional prosthetics

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