Rami Gabriel - "A Suspicious Science" - Eric Oliver

Monday, October 23, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Rami Gabriel

Rami Gabriel will discuss A Suspicious Science: The Uses of Psychology. He will be joined in conversation by Eric Oliver. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

This event will be held in person at The Seminary Co-op.


About the book: From self-help to medication, therapy, and cognitive neuroscience, this book traces the uses and limits of psychology. Offering a systematic exploration of the ways in which psychology is used in contemporary society, it refines our understanding of the extent of the field. In addition to conceptual analysis of how science, truth, biology, mind, and meaning intersect and interact in the mind sciences, A Suspicious Science draws from history and anthropology to articulate an interdisciplinary multi-level form of psychology that may serve to orient the field. The book synthesizes debates in psychology and philosophy concerning methodology and the nature of explanation with debates about its practical context as a human science. Ultimately, it suggests psychology provides us myths and rituals that ground a particular sense of meaning and motivation in our lives. By aligning cultural, emotional, and philosophical uses of psychology, this book clarifies an humanistic model of the mind within the human sciences.

About the author: Rami Gabriel is the co-author of The Emotional Mind: The Affective Roots of Culture and Cognition (2019) and the author of Why I Buy: Self, Taste, and Consumer Society in America (2013). He publishes research on the philosophy of psychology, affective neuroscience, and consciousness studies. Gabriel is Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia College Chicago.

About the interlocutor: Eric Oliver is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. 

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstores
5751 S Woodlawn
Chicago, IL 60637