Office: 1086 SWKT
Phone: 801-422-9785
Ed Gantt, Associate Professor

Department: Psychology



  • PhD, Duquesne University, 1998
  • MA, Duquesne University, 1994
  • BS, Brigham Young University, 1992

Research Interests

I am currently interested in critically analyzing naturalistic accounts of human action in contemporary psychology. Thus, I am interested in (1 ) identifying the (often) hidden philosophical assumptions of materialism, determinism, reductionism, and egoism in mainstream psychological theories; (2) examining the implications of those assumptions for psychological theory and practice; and (3) articulating viable, alternative approaches to accounting for human action that preserve moral agency and meaning. More specifically, my recent work looks to (1) evaluate evolutionary psychological accounts of religion and religious phenomena; (2) explore the nature of the interface between religion and science; and (3) articulate possible avenues for re conceptualizing psychological science , human action (generally), and religious experience (specifically)—for example, reconceptualizing via the ethical phenomenology of Emmanuel Levinas and other phenomenological philosophers and psychologists .

Publication Info

  • Jeffrey S Reber, Edwin E Gantt (1999). Sociobiological and social constructionist accounts of altruism: A phenomenological critique. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology.