Peter Wessel Zapffe

Philosopher, Deceased Person

1899 – 1990

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Who was Peter Wessel Zapffe?

Peter Wessel Zapffe was a Norwegian metaphysician, author 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". This essay is a shorter version of his best-known work, the philosophical treatise On the Tragic.

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Born
Dec 18, 1899
Tromsø
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  • Tromsø
Died
Oct 12, 1990
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on July 23, 2013

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