Authors » Philip Carl Salzman

Philip Carl Salzman is Professor of Anthropology at McGill University. He has also served as Senior Fellow at the University of St. Andrews, Open Society International Scholar at the American University of Central Asia, Erasmus Mundus International Fellow at the University of Catania, and Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney. The author of several books and numerous academic studies and scholarly articles, his latest major work is Classic Comparative Anthropology: Studies from the Tradition (2012).

    Articles by Philip Carl Salzman

  • Posted: August 16, 2017

    The western world awoke from the nightmare of the Second World War with an absolute understanding of right and wrong, good and evil. It enshrined this truth in the UN Declaration on Human Rights. The whole world signed on except the Soviets, the Saudis, the South Africans, and the science of anthropology. They all argued the West had no right to impose its values on other cultures. Seventy years on, writes Philip Carl Salzman, our human rights ideals have largely succumbed to that argument.

  • Posted: June 30, 2017

    German-American anthropologist Franz Boas demonstrated over a century ago that nurture matters much more than nature in determining who we are. Thanks in large part to that idea racism was discredited for a long time. Now it’s fashionable again, including in, of all places, our university anthropology departments. McGill University anthropologist Philip Carl Salzman explains.