Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Torture


Editors: Lon Olson and Stuart Molloy
This volume offers diverse insights on how the practice of torture has impacted society and how we view human nature. After the Second World War, it was hoped that torture had been permanently vanquished among modern liberal states, and was only practiced by brutal totalitarian regimes. However, events after 9/11 revealed that the re-emergence of torture is an ever-present threat, even among leading democracies. Drawing from their knowledge of the humanities and social sciences, the contributors offer their expertise on the deleterious effects of torture and reveal that its trauma is interwoven into the fabric of modern society, requiring constant diligence to be rooted out and kept at bay. Contributors are William Fitzhugh Brundage, Federico Ciavattone, Noora Koivulahti, Toni Koivulahti, Diana Medlicott, Stuart Molloy, Lon Olson, Martin Previsic, David Senesh and Hedi Viterbo.

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Biographical Note

Lon Olson, Ph.D. (2014), University of Texas at Austin, is Director of Assessment at Texas State University, San Marcos and is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. He is currently at work on a book on military ethics.

Stuart Molloy is a Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Fellow in English and Literary Studies at The University of Western Australia. Encompassing literature, film and TV, his research interests include the representation of violence and the relationship between masculinity and psychopathology.


Anyone with an interest in the humanities and social sciences, and how these fields can be harnessed to understand and mitigate the influence of torture.

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