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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

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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 (23)


Paulo Henrique 18.09.2013 14:20

In the USA nobody know who was Kant...


LisaAgnes 17.09.2013 22:30

I expect we women in the USA are like this also, not really being very whole when you look at things... each of us funneled off into our 'speciality'.


LisaAgnes 17.09.2013 22:29

Passion, good with their hands and fists, and good with their heads also. That must come out of the Soviet times, when I am guessing even very intellectual people were out there working with their hands and all the parts of themselves, not just their heads. In America everything is so striated, people are funneled off into work that employs only one part of themselves and do not get to live their lives with their wholeness. I see a kind of thing where men are either good with their head, or good with their hands - but usually not both.

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