The last words of Eric Garner or, recently, of George Floyd, “I can’t breathe!”, occupational lung diseases such as silicosis, respiratory distress due to socially induced anxieties: all these phenomena show how strongly breathing is affected and targeted by socio-political power. At the same time, breathing is an almost absent topic in western theory and philosophy. This is due to a hierarchical concept of the body, privileging the senses and especially those who appear to be more subject to the individual will (e.g. sight). The vegetative system, in contrast, which regulates among others breath, is seen as a lower body function, deprived because of its automatism of theoretical interest. In order to address the (biopolitical) vulnerability but also the vitality and relationality connected with breathing, we therefore need to revise this image of the body. What does it mean to conceive the body from breathing? (How) can we think breath?