Andreas Thorud

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Andreas Thorud
Personal information
Full name Andreas Aas Thorud
Date of birth (1984-02-14) 14 February 1984 (age 32)
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Lillestrøm 6 (0)
2007 Lørenskog
2008 Manglerud Star
2009 Lørenskog

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Andreas Aas Thorud (born 14 February 1984) is a former Norwegian football defender.

Thorud started his career in Skjetten SK. He was brought to regional greats Lillestrøm SK ahead of the 2003 season. He got one Norwegian Premier League game in 2003, and five in 2004, without scoring.[1] In total, Thorud played 30 games for Lillestrøm and made 1 goal. In 2004 he was awarded the "Show Racism the Red Card-prize" by NISO and Norsk Folkehjelp for his work and writings against racism.

After the 2004 season he made something of a shock move when he retired from professional football, only 20 years old, even though the new coach Uwe Røsler wanted to give him the chance as a first team regular. Ahead of the 2007 season, he signed for Lørenskog IF after extensive studies and traveling in America, Asia and Europe.[2] Ahead of the 2008 season he was wanted by second-tier club Sandnes Ulf,[3] but joined Manglerud Star to stay in Oslo. After one season he returned to Lørenskog but made his final retirement from football in June 2009.

Thorud studied philosophy, religious history, psychology and sociology at the University of Oslo in the period 2004-2011. His masters thesis in philosophy, accepted in June 2011, is a study of the Russian-born French philosopher Alexandre Kojève with the title "Amicus Alexandre Kojève".

In this study, Thorud highlights the content of Kojèves enormous influence in 20th century French philosophy while rejecting his Hegelian system of knowledge in favor of Platonism. In general, Thorud finds the interlinked mix of nihilism, atheism, positivism and materialism very disturbing and suggests a healthy return to the wise ignorance of the ancient Platonists. Regarding his early political commitment, which he later described as "passionate but stupid and childish pride", he now draws a sharp distinction between politics and philosophy (=the possibility of Kojèvian "wisdom").

Accordingly, Thorud now adheres to a moral form of anarchist personalism, renouncing the political "will to power" with the fitting words of Leo Tolstoy: "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." First and foremost, what matters is the moral and existential modesty of each person, his or her quest for wisdom and virtue, not the desire for power and recognition. Hence, Albert Schweitzers philosophy of "reverence for life" is Thoruds main inspiration where, ideally, all life is, and should be counted as, sacred. He is therefore a longtime vegetarian and a categorical proponent of animal rights.


  1. ^ "Andreas Aas Thorud". 100% Fotball, Norwegian Premier League stats. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  2. ^ Solbakken, Espen (3 January 2007). "Nye profiler - nye trenere". Romerikes Blad (in Norwegian). Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Bakkehaug, Wegard (6 December 2007). "Kan ende i Sandnes Ulf". Romerikes Blad (in Norwegian). Retrieved 26 March 2009.