En kierkegaardsk undersøgelse af selvet i klimakrisen

Michelle Sabrine Steinmüller

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis on existential philosophy revolves around the concept of the self as it relates to the climate crisis and examines this through the philosophical perspective of Søren Kierkegaard. With an offset in the Danish works “Sickness Unto Death” (1849) and “The Concept of Anxiety” (1844), as read into a subject ontological framework. The point of departure is an astonishment about lack of action, i.e. why the modern human beings take so little action, when it comes to the climate crisis, as well as a desire to understand which are the causes of this fact? The causes are probably several including societal and cultural factors, but the focus in this dissertation will be on the individual human being in general and will be an examination of both what prevents and permits change in the individual, especially with a focus on two essential concepts of existence: despair and anxiety in the inner psychological landscape of the individual. In the conclusion it is highlighted, that amongst others Kierkegaard is a very relevant and useful thinker for entering into a dialogue regarding such a pressing issues as the climate crisis. Herein lies a radical potential, as well as a universality in his thinking. Kierkegaard’s thinking assists us in understanding, that there is a correlation between an existential-crisis and a climate-crisis. Amongst others the climate crisis is understood as an ontological problem for mankind. A deeper self-awareness and recognition of an inner divide, through understanding (climate)-despair and (climate)- anxiety should allow and make possible an independent, reflective and critical stance. Hereby also increasing the climate awareness (thereby also potential action), so that we do not end up with a one-dimensional understanding and a lack of spirit. In this context openness to otherness is a crucial turning point as well as an understanding, that human being is deeply relational, and that human life is deeply dependent. Thus, a being dependent on the concrete other, on others, and on other living beings. But not least a being dependent on a nature that we tend to view exclusively as a resource in this anthropocene era in the 21. Century. Furthermore, the necessary insight is emphasised into the need for a so-called “climate-sin-consciousness” in the orientation towards The Good. This analysis indicates that climate-sin is identified as the greatest sin of humankind.

UddannelserFilosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato3 apr. 2018
Antal sider75
VejledereErik Bendtsen


  • Angst
  • Fortvivlelse
  • Klimasyndsbevidsthed
  • Kierkegaard
  • Subjektontologisk analyse
  • Skyld
  • Klimasynd
  • Selvet
  • Eksistensfilosofi
  • Ansvar
  • Klimakrisen
  • Klimaangst
  • Klimafortvivlelse
  • Selvindsigt
  • Den indre splittelse
  • Begrebet Angest
  • Sygdommen til døden
  • Selvbevidsthed