Ed Gantt, Professor

Department: Psychology

Vita

Email: ed_gantt@byu.edu

Office: 1086 KMBL

Phone: 801-422-9785

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 .

Recent Publications

  • Gantt, E. (2018). On Hijacking Science: Exploring the Nature and Consequences of Overreach in Psychology. , 124.
  • Gantt, E. (2018). Science, Scientism, and Psychology. , 1-12.
  • Gantt, E. (2018). Scientism and Saturation: Evolutionary Psychology, Human Experience, and the Phenomenology of Jean-Luc Marion. On Hijacking Science: Exploring the Nature and Consequences of Overreach in Psychology, 18-27.
  • Gantt, E. (2017). Introduction: Clashing Views and Critical Thinking: Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Psychological Issues. Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill.
  • Gantt, E. (2017). Morality, Red in Tooth and Claw: How Evolutionary Psychology Renders Morality Meaningless. In Edwin E. Gantt (Ed.), Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Psychological Issues (pp. 21-26). Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill.
  • Gantt, E. (2017). Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Psychological Issues. In Edwin E. Gantt (Ed.), (pp. 300). Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill.
  • Gantt, E. (2017). Humanistic psychology, same-sex attraction, and safe spaces: An LDS inquiry into the meaning of love.. In Lane Fischer (Ed.), Issues in Religion and Psychology (pp. 3-21). Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists.
  • Gantt, E. (2017). The Generality of Theory and the Specificity of Social Behavior: Contrasting Experimental and Hermeneutic Social Science.. In Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior (pp. 130-153).
  • Reber, J., & Gantt, E. (1999). Sociobiological and social constructionist accounts of altruism: A phenomenological critique: Journal of Phenomenological Psychology.