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Peter Wessel Zapffe

Norwegian philosopher, mountaineer, and author

1899   -   1990

country of citizenship: Norway
language of expression: Norwegian
occupation: writer, philosopher, poet lawyer

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 and yet to be translated work, the philosophical treatise On the Tragic (Om det tragiske, 1941).
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works

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The Last Messiah

Essay by Norwegian philosopher Peter Wessel Zapffe

author: Peter Wessel Zapffe

1933

The Prodigal Son

play by Peter Wessel Zapffe

author: Peter Wessel Zapffe

Barske glæder

book by Norwegian philosopher Peter Wessel Zapffe

author: Peter Wessel Zapffe

1969

Lyksalig pinsefest

book by Peter Wessel Zapffe

author: Peter Wessel Zapffe

1972

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