In Turning Emotion Inside Out
, Edward S. Casey challenges the commonplace assumption that our emotions are to be located inside our minds, brains, hearts, or bodies. Instead, he invites us to rethink our emotions as fundamentally, although not entirely, emerging from outside and around the self, redirecting our attention from felt interiority to the emotions located in the world around us, beyond the confines of subjectivity.
This book begins with a brief critique of internalist views of emotion that hold that feelings are sequestered within a subject. Casey affirms that while certain emotions are felt as resonating within our subjectivity, many others are experienced as occurring outside any such subjectivity. These include intentional or expressive feelings that transpire between
ourselves and others, such as an angry exchange between two people, as well as emotions or affects that come to us from beyond
ourselves. Casey claims that such far‑out
emotions must be recognized in a full picture of affective life. In this way, the book proposes to “turn emotion inside out.”