Who is René Gude?
René Gude (1957) studied philosophy in Amsterdam and Utrecht. In the nineties he co-founded Netherlands’ most widely distributed magazine on philosophy, Philosophy Magazine, and was editor in chief and publisher. This was followed by a period during which he worked as a strategic consultant for Veen Bosch & Keuning Publishers (now NDC/VBK). Since 2002, he has been the director of the International School of Philosophy (ISVW) in Leusden, an institute for permanent education founded by Frederik van Eeden in 1916. The program consists of conferences and courses for philosophy enthusiasts and workshops and trainings for government organizations and businesses focusing on the constants of organizational philosophy and business ethics. Gude has published numerous articles and has written a concise history of philosophy. In 2007 he was struck with bone cancer, which cost him a leg and even then, the process couldn¹t be stopped. Due to low life-expectancy, he will end his work at the ISVW in April 2013.
Why should you listen to him?
According to René Gude, Director of the International School of Philosophy at Leusden, we humans are what we pretend to be, so we have to be very careful about what we pretend. Philosophy is the art of improving the way we deal with the facts of life, and designing them in accordance with humankind kindly, so to speak.
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Read more about the work of René Gude on the website of the International School of Philosophy.
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