Philosophy and Public Affairs 35 (3):233–248 (2007)

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Chrisoula Andreou
University of Utah
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I argue that procrastination with respect to environmental preservation is in the class of procrastination problems that are particularly difficult to overcome because of the presence of factors that support second-order procrastination. If my reasoning is correct, then second-order procrastination can help explain the distressing fact — assuming it is a fact — that, despite widespread professions of serious concern, the issue of environmental preservation is not getting as much of our attention as it deserves. My reasoning also suggests that improving our situation may require that some of the efforts now focused on promoting concern for environmental preservation be rerouted into tracking procrastination and deploying insights on how to cope with it.
Keywords discounting  environmental damage  environmental protection  intransitive preferences  procrastination
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DOI 10.1111/j.1088-4963.2007.00109.x
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