Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility

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SHOUTING

To become an object for theological, for philosophical, reflection. To be an instrument that produces thought as categorically distinct, pure. What does it mean to be such an instrument? But before that question can be answered—the question, the concern over being such an object (what Frantz Fanon might say is an object in the midst of other objects … for thinking)—another demands attention. Having attended to air, breath, breathing as the grounds for Blackpentecostal aesthetics, for black sociality, another concern: Just what does it mean to think theologically, to think philosophically? And how does one come to think in such a way as opposed to thinking not-theologically, not-philosophically? Having first attended to air, breath, breathing as the grounds for considering Blackpentecostal aesthetics before elaborating the meaning of theological-philosophical thought was intentional. It was to illustrate the ways the concerns about breath, about black pnuema, could be cognized without founding it upon the terrain of pure theological, pure philosophical, reflection. It was also elaborated first such that Blackpentecostalism was not forced to cohere with, adhere to, a set of predetermined (Predestined, as in Calvinism? about which, more soon) formulae, a systematics, a series of explaining why Blackpentecostalism should matter to theological-philosophical thought. Like a first visit to a Blackpentecostal church, the explanation for aesthetic practice emerges through experience. One’s gotta feel it, have a feeling for it, a desire to be there, an openness to such movement.

Blackpentecostals believe one fundament of experience is to be in the world, for the world, as an agent of radical alterity. It is an openness to others while also establishing oneself through a claim for moving through the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Breath 32
  • 2 - Shouting 86
  • 3 - Noise 139
  • 4 - Tongues 197
  • Coda - Otherwise, Nothing 251
  • Acknowledgments 271
  • Notes 275
  • Index 305
  • Commonalities 312
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