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Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination

Oxford University Press

Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination
Edited by Chrisoula Andreou and Mark D. White
Oxford University Press, 2010

I picked up Thief of Time to research an article on procrastination, in this issue. Yet the book is intellectually gratifying in its own right. When we act against our better judgment, do we exercise free will? Perhaps procrastination is an illusion—a sign of hypocrisy regarding our stated goals. I would never have guessed that the study of time wasting could be so fruitful!

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