Martyrdom: A Philosophical Perspective
Article first published online: 19 DEC 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Volume 35, Issue 1, pages 68–87, January 2012
How to Cite
Verbin, N. (2012), Martyrdom: A Philosophical Perspective. Philosophical Investigations, 35: 68–87. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9205.2011.01456.x
- Issue published online: 19 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 19 DEC 2011
Martyrdom has played and continues to play a dominant role in the religious imagination of many. Jews and Christians alike conceive of their martyrs as exceptional people of faith who express exceptional love and devotion to God. The purpose of this paper is to explore some of the conceptual features of martyrdom by virtue of which it has its role and to show, using those very features and using Simone Weil's observations, that martyrdom cannot mark the logical climax of the believer's love of God.