Rood studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in philosophy of language, epistemology and philosophy of cognition. He graduated in 2006 with distinction; his doctoral thesis Stanislavski Meets Embodied Cognition compares a new philosophical theory with a well known actors praxis, centering on the relation of body and mind. For a complete list of his philosophical essays and publications go here.
Between 2007-2011 his work as a free investigator at the Amsterdam Police Force, focussing on their authority in the streets, resulted in two reports. He then reworked the theme for a wider audience, broadening the scope to a practical philosophical investigation of the state of authority in the Netherlands. The book, What’s wrong with authority? – a new look at a familiar subject, was nominated in 2014 for the Socrates prize for best philosophical publication. An English synopsis can be found here.
Since then Rood has been writing articles and giving lectures (with filmclips) on the theme of authority, and is in demand as a consultant in this field.
His next book, The Pegida issue - journalistic philosopy from Dresden and Amsterdam, about the conservative nationalist streetmovement in Dresden and the reactions it elicited, made it to the Socrates longlist. His new book appears end of 2017: A philosophy of the jamsession, an essay on collaboration in freedom.