Hyperobjektets Væsen

Emma Rægaard Larsen & Jens Villads Heiede Jensen

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This paper examines the extent to which Timothy Mortons theoretical framework regarding hyperobjects can be used as a favorable basis to manage the climate crisis. This work is based primarily on Mortons Hyperobjects - Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World. In it Morton firstly presents and defines a new class of objects -the hyperobject to the reader, and afterwards describes which implications and ramifications we should expect because of it. Mortons main proposal is to do away with any kind of ontological division between entities, which places him within the sphere of so-called speculative realism and object-oriented ontology. His motivation is twofold: we must realize that we are all part of the same reality and our actions cannot be discounted as only affecting some distant and indifferent ‘Nature’. We must recognize the fact that whatever we do everything in existence is intertwined and mutually related, and hence the second part of the motivation: Morton argues that contrary to often used statements that threatens the end of the world on account of global warming that the world has, in fact, already ended. We are no longer able to sustain the concept of a stable background to which we can relate our human existence, since hyperobjects have forced us to see that what so far have seemed stable is indeed only the temporary inaction of the monstrous hyperobject. We conclude, however, that due to severe issues regarding clarity and practical utility Mortons Hyperobjects can at best only be used as the first step towards a new understanding of and intimacy with our reality as such. None the less we still find Hyperobjects valuable as a stepping stone to further development.

UddannelserFilosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2019
VejledereMartin Ejsing Christensen


  • Hyperobjekt
  • Timothy Morton
  • Objektorienteret Ontologi
  • Spekulativ realisme
  • Klimakrisen
  • Global opvarmning