Man shot in Russia in argument over Kant

MOSCOW Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:12am EDT

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - An argument over the theories of 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant ended in a man being shot in a grocery store in southern Russia.

RIA news agency quoted police in the city of Rostov-on-Don as saying a fight broke out between two men as they argued over Kant, the German author of "Critique of Pure Reason", without giving details of their debate.

"In the course of the fight, the suspect took out a pistol firing rubber bullets and fired several shots at his opponent," it said, adding that one man was detained and the victim was taken to hospital. His life was not in danger.

Kant lived in Koenigsberg, which is now the Russian city of Kaliningrad, and is a central figure of modern philosophy. Many Russians love to discuss philosophy and history, often over a drink, but such discussions rarely end in shootings.

(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Comments (5)
ErnestPayne wrote:
I always did feel that philosophical discussions could bring out the worst in people. Thank heavens only rubber bullets were used.

Sep 16, 2013 1:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
FriscoJohn wrote:
Immanuel Kant was a real pissant
Who was very rarely stable.
Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar
Who could think you under the table.

etc, etc, etc, Bruce…

Sep 16, 2013 1:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:
These two take their philosophy SERIOUSLY!

By the way, does anyone but me wonder why anyone would carry around a pistol, loaded with rubber bullets?

Sep 17, 2013 9:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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