Changing Moods

Hagi Kenaan*

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We are all familiar with the fact that moods change. But, what is the significance of this familiar fact? Is change merely a factual characteristic of moods or can it also offer us a lens for gaining a deeper understanding of mood’s essence?. The essay’s starting point is Heidegger’s treatment of moods and their manner of changing. Heidegger, I show, is interested in our ordinary shifts in mood as indicators of a fundamental existential structure that underlies the specificity of any particular mood. Yet, is the changing of moods only a means to reveal the inherent depth – the “always already”-- of our givenness to moods, or is it a dimension significant onto itself? Moving beyond Heidegger, I thus explain why change should be understood as the grounding condition of our being-in-a mood, and consequently, what it means to embrace the relationality and intrinsic plurality - the being singular-plural -- of a subjectivity of changing moods. In doing so, I am concerned with the implications that such an analysis carries for the ethical question regarding the freedom and responsibility we have in and over our moods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1469-1479
Number of pages11
JournalPhilosophia (United States)
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • Attunement
  • Continental philosophy
  • Descartes
  • Emotions
  • Heidegger
  • Intentionality
  • Moods
  • Music
  • Phenomenology
  • Plurality
  • Psychology
  • Relationally
  • Sartre
  • Seneca
  • Temporality


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