About the Spinozalens

Since 1999, the International Spinozaprijs Foundation has awarded a biennial prize to internationally renowned thinkers who concern themselves with ethics and society. Eligible are internationally renowned scientists, philosophers and writers who have made their mark researching society’s ethical principles.

The prize consists of a sculpture and a sum of ten thousand Euros. A special publication, which gives an introduction to the laureate’s work, is also presented at the ceremony. In 2011, it was decided that every year around November 24th, Spinoza’s birth date, a thinker should be honoured.

Within a two-year central theme, attention will be paid to a ´departed´ thinker’s legacy in one year; in the other year, a contemporary thinker’s ideas will be studied. The ´departed´ thinker will be honoured with an educational introduction created for students in secondary and higher education.

Read more about the International Spinozaprijs Foundation here.


Peace is not the absence of war. It is a virtue that comes from will-power and persistent hankering.

— Baruch de Spinoza, Tractatus Politicus