About ISVW

The International School for Philosophy (ISFP) is a non-profit institution and center for learning, practicing and developing philosophy and philosophical attitudes towards life and the world. Located in the heart of the Netherlands on the vast ISFP estate in the woods of Leusden, near Utrecht, the school shares its site with a hotel, conference center and publishing house. The revenue from these organizations contributes towards the financing of the philosophy courses which we can therefore offer at an affordable price (usually below cost price), meaning that we are not dependent on public funds.

The International School for Philosophy (Internationale School voor Wijsbegeerte) was founded in 1916. Our founders envisaged a place where leading thinkers would come together to discuss cultural progress. Ever since, it has functioned as a centre for philosophy. Since its establishment in 1916 the ISFP has played a large role in Dutch philosophy and several international speakers have given guest lectures on the estate. These include the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, the British linguistics philosopher Sir Alfred Ayer, the German existentialist Martin Heidegger and the French educationalist Emmanuel Levinas. In recent years the ISVW was visited by the American philosophers Martha Nussbaum and Francis Fukuyama, the German thinkers Rüdiger Safranski and Peter Sloterdijk, the Australian ethicist Peter Singer, the Canadian political thinker Will Kymlicka, the Dutch primatologist Frans de Waal, and the American philosopher of mind Patricia Churchland.

Frederik van Eeden Lecture


Ubuntu MOOC

ISVW Books: recent publications