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Ontologies of Death: Being-towards-death in Tupac’s oeuvre and the criminal justice system
Papers of the 2012 Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection Conference: Hip Hop, Education & Expanding the Archival Imagination (2013)
  • Nick J. Sciullo
Abstract

The title of my paper/talk/cypher is “Ontologies of Death: Being-towards-death in Tupac’s oeuvre and the criminal justice system.” That’s a mouthful, but I hope I make these words clear with the words that follow. I intend this title to set the stage for what is to follow, suggesting both a deep concern with philosophy, particularly that of Martin Heidegger, as well as the significance of death and the ways in which we are oriented toward death in life. Naturally, this is a talk about Tupac Shakur, one of the greatest rappers to have lived, and perhaps one of the most profound commentators on criminal justice and the philosophy of death in the last 25 years.

Keywords
  • Nick J. Sciullo,
  • criminal law,
  • Tupac,
  • 2Pac,
  • hip hop,
  • law,
  • critical theory,
  • Heidegger,
  • rhetoric,
  • critical race theory,
  • critical legal studies
Publication Date
Summer 2013
Citation Information
Nick J. Sciullo. "Ontologies of Death: Being-towards-death in Tupac’s oeuvre and the criminal justice system" Papers of the 2012 Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection Conference: Hip Hop, Education & Expanding the Archival Imagination (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nickjsciullo/17/