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Impure reason: Russian man shot in heated Kant philosophy debate

Published time: September 17, 2013 01:40
Edited time: September 17, 2013 15:05
Immanuel Kant (Image from

Immanuel Kant (Image from

A heated argument in southern Russia over philosopher Immanuel Kant’s ideas erupted in violence when one debater pulled out a gun and shot the other. The attacker could face up to 15 years in jail.

The two men in their twenties stood in line to buy beer at a local store on Sunday in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don after the city’s anniversary celebration. They were discussing Kant’s philosophical ideas.

The discussion turned into a heated debate, which was followed by a fistfight and then one of the debaters pulled out a nonlethal pistol and fired at the other’s head.

“After firing repeatedly at his opponent, the shooter fled the scene”, local authorities said in a statement.  Later, the police were able to locate the shooter and seize the weapon.

The victim was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Police have opened up a criminal investigation into the incident and if the suspect is found guilty, he could face up to 15 years in jail for the “intentional infliction of serious bodily harm.” 

German philosopher Kant is known for his masterwork "The Critique of Pure Reason" and ideas that reason is the source of morality.  

Comments (27)


bremont Alfredo 18.09.2013 19:10

reason the ? as the symbols says, however is time for reason and as it is Kants time, reason must endure this time as is the most common tool to control the mind, from damaging herself, reason is a method to preserve yourself, same as vitamin C. today on this crazy world wars, reason is the key to control minds that are harming themselves.


Werdna S 18.09.2013 15:00

Le Ruscino 18.09.2013 14:54

You should have said "about 10-15 or so people in USA read Kant in German"


The OP lobbed a cheap attack on America, and so I responded in kind.

Like your doltish friend below, you've FAILED to realize that America has a very large German population. In Minnesota, for example, nearly 40% of its residents are German, and many still speak German.

Suddenly, you're argument is looking as weak as the IQ of your motherland.


Werdna S 18.09.2013 14:43

Paulo Henrique 18.09.2013 14:20

In the USA nobody know who was Kant...


In the US, people read and understand his work in German as well as English.

In South America, however, where the average IQ is 82, they don't bother with such intellectual endeavors.

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