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In this paper, I seek to clarify, criticize, and expand upon the ambiguous-yet-influential concept of divine violence introduced by Walter Benjamin's "Zur Kritik der Gewalt". I proceed in three parts: in the first, I outline Benjamin's argument about the cycle of mythical violence and divine violence's special role as an interruption of that cycle. Next, I explicate Spinoza's key concepts of potentia and potestas, which can be used to more clearly define what ought to instead be translated asdoi:10.14394/eidos.jpc.2019.0019 fatcat:lmxu3qnp3bf5dco4szwwi2jsyi