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On Sacrifice

Moshe Halbertal


The idea and practice of sacrifice play a profound role in religion, ethics, and politics. This book explores the meaning and implications of sacrifice, developing a theory of sacrifice as an offering and examining the relationship between sacrifice, ritual, violence, and love. The book also looks at the place of self-sacrifice within ethical life and at the complex role of sacrifice as both a noble and destructive political ideal. In the religious domain, Halbertal argues, sacrifice is an offering, a gift given in the context of a hierarchical relationship. As such it is vulnerable to rejecti ... More

Keywords: self-sacrifice, religion, ethics, politics, ritual, violence, love, sacrificial community, modern state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691152851
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691152851.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Moshe Halbertal, author
New York University

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