When Philosophical Debates Degenerate into Gunplay


Consider the following item from the El Paso Times:

“An argument in southern Russia over philosopher Immanuel Kant, the author of ‘Critique of Pure Reason,’ devolved into pure mayhem when one debater shot the other.

“A police spokeswoman in Rostov-on Don, Viktoria Safarova, said two men in their 20s were discussing Kant as they stood in line to buy beer at a small store on Sunday. The discussion deteriorated into a fistfight and one participant pulled out a small nonlethal pistol and fired repeatedly.

“The victim was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening. Neither person was identified.

“It was not clear which of Kant’s ideas may have triggered the violence.”

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