The short answer to the question in the title of this paper is "yes." Our thesis is that we are indeed responsible for our emotions and moods. We want to help children understand that just as they are responsible for what they do and say, or omit to do or say (along with the consequences of these acts), so are they responsible for much of their affective life. What remains is to explain what we mean by "responsibility," "emotions," and "moods."
Copyright © 2006, Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children. This article first appeared in Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy of Children: 18:1 (2006), 1-15.
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Schleifer, Michael, and Miriam S. McCormick. "Are We Responsible for Our Emotions and Moods?" Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy of Children 18, no. 1 (2006): 15-21.