“You Kant Say That!” Philosophical Debate Leads to Shooting

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An argument over the writings of the philosopher Immanuel Kant descended into violence at a late-night bar in southern Russia, leading to a man being shot several times, reported the Independent.

The dispute occurred at an outdoor stall in the city of Rostov-on-Don, where two men fell into conversation while lining up for beer, reported The Times. A statement on the local police service website said they started “arguing about the works and merits of Immanuel Kant”. It added: “They decided to work out which of them was a bigger fan of the said philosopher.”

The row ended with one of the men producing an air gun and firing several rubber bullets at his opponent, reported the Independent. Police did not identify the men but said that the 26-year-old gunman had been detained after fleeing the scene, while the 28-year-old victim was in hospital with non-life threatening wounds, said the Independent.

Kant was a Prussian philosopher who was born in 1724 and never left his hometown of Königsberg, modern-day Kalingrad. He is widely recognized as having revolutionized Western philosophy by examining how the mind constructs our knowledge of the natural world and probing the limits of our empirical understanding of that world, said The Times.

It is not known which of Kant’s many theories was being debated.

[Independent]
[The Times]

30 comments
harunkaban
harunkaban

@SezinOney evet, bu "halk" bir türlü adam olamadı, adamlar kant tartışırken, bizimkiler hala karı kız meselesinden birbirini öldürüyor.

thekat0711
thekat0711

@TIME @TIMEWorld he took his anger out on the person who made him angry. In America we take it out on innocent bystanders

BrewGuy
BrewGuy

@AUKritter Please tell the USA it’s possible to have a debate without guns in it.

AUKritter
AUKritter

@BrewGuy BTW, though, that Kant story is out of Russia, not the USA.

AUKritter
AUKritter

@BrewGuy Gun statistics are actually pretty interesting when broken down instead of generalized. But it's controversial.

BrewGuy
BrewGuy

@AUKritter Oh, well Russia has it’s own giant ball of problems. Ever seen those dash cam videos of people driving there? YIKES, man.

BrewGuy
BrewGuy

@AUKritter I think guns are the biggest cultural difference between USA and CAN. Lots of us just don’t get it. Maybe we’re not supposed to.

BrewGuy
BrewGuy

@AUKritter It always will be controversial and that’s cool. A little gun control wouldn’t be the end of the USA's world.

eagle11772
eagle11772

@BrewGuy I just bought one of them on eBay ! :)