Peter Wessel Zapffe, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Peter Wessel Zapffe

Norwegian philosopher, mountaineer, and author

Date of Birth: 18-Dec-1899

Place of Birth: Tromsø municipality, Northern Norway, Norway

Date of Death: 12-Oct-1990

Profession: writer, poet lawyer, philosopher

Nationality: Norway

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Peter Wessel Zapffe

  • Peter Wessel Zapffe (December 18, 1899 – October 12, 1990) was a Norwegian metaphysician, author, lawyer and mountaineer.
  • He is often noted for his philosophically pessimistic and fatalistic view of human existence—his system of philosophy in line with the work of the earlier philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, by whom he was inspired—as well as his firm advocacy of antinatalism.
  • His thoughts regarding the error of human life are presented in the essay The Last Messiah (Norwegian: Den sidste Messias, 1933).
  • This essay is a shorter version of his best-known work, the philosophical treatise On the Tragic (Om det tragiske, 1941).

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