The International School of Philosophy (Internationale School voor Wijsbegeerte) was founded in 1916 by Dutch writer and philosopher Frederik van Eeden. Together with German philosopher Martin Buber and well known mathematician L.E.J. Brouwer, Van Eeden envisaged a place where leading thinkers would come together to discuss cultural progress. Ever since, it has functioned as a centre for philosophy.
The school is a not-for-profit private institute. All profit generated by our hotel facilities and lecture halls is reinvested in the promotion of philosophy.
In 1917 the main building of the school was built by architect De Bazel in the woods of Leusden (in the heart of the Netherlands). Later, several buildings were added, including a new hotel in 2010. The School now consists of 12 lecture rooms/halls, 90 hotel rooms, a philosophy course centre and a publishing house. It is located on 6 acres of woodland and borders the much larger forest of the Leusderheide. The hotel gained the label ‘Green key gold’ for environmental friendliness. Our kitchen works mainly with organic and regional products.
Past lectures at the ISVW
The International School of Philosophy facilitates philosophical courses and focuses on enlarging scientific literacy. Our school has been visited by famous thinkers such as Karl Popper, Noam Chomsky, Jean Piaget, Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, William van Orman Quine, Rudiger Safranski, Peter Sloterdijk, Francis Fukuyama, John N. Gray, Peter Sloterdijk, Peter Singer, Avishai Margalit, Frans de Waal, Martha Nussbaum, Patricia Churchland and many others
Publishing House ISVW uitgevers
Since 2011 the International School of Philosophy runs a succesful publishing house. ISVW-uitgevers focuses on philosophy and popular science titles for a wider audience.