Naturens genkomst - En begrebshistorisk analyse af det antropocæne

Mads Schou Jensen & Sofie Grann Lorentsen

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


Human activity plays a significant role in relation to Earth Systems. This fact is central to the concept known as the Anthropocene, a geological definition of an era that has been suggested to come after the Holocene. The concept of the Anthropocene encourages a new way of understanding of nature, climate and thereby our current climate crisis. Embedded in the term is a need for a critical attention to questions of humanity's responsibility for global warming, as well developing solutions and actions that humanity needs to take in order to prevent further global warming.
In this project we look at the concept of the Anthropocene in order to investigate what conditions of possibility the term creates. The aim is to show in what ways the concept can be understood within the Social Sciences. Our goal is to identify bodies of thought that the Anthropocene has spurned within the field of Social Sciences. By using the historian Reinhart Koselleck’s analytical strategy for understanding conceptual history, we investigate and analyse the conceptual history of the term, the Anthropocene. We do so by contextualising ideas and the philosophical concept of the dualism between nature and culture in order to reveal how these ideas can be said to have not only formed the concept of the Anthropocene, but, fundamentally, how nature, Earth Systems and the climate crisis is understood and acted upon today. The analysis of the Anthropocene as well as the formation of this concept give us an opportunity to identify the social and political possibilities the concept creates. By looking at the pre-linguistic and material manifestations of the Anthropocene in relation to emotional and behavioural patterns of subjects relating to the climate crisis, we can demonstrate how the Anthropocene enters the lives of individuals and what the consequences of this might be.
The conclusion of this project is that the Anthropocene becomes, within the social sciences, a political concept that requires an interdisciplinary approach to climate and environmental questions. The ability to handle and recognize the present climate issues are mainly seen as a political opportunity; a rethinking of the relationship between humanity and nature.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2018
Antal sider48
VejledereOle Erik Hansen


  • antropocæne
  • begrebshistorie