Must Not Have Got the Categorial Imperative Down Right

And still more news from Russia:

Russian Shot in Quarrel Over Kant’s Philosophy

MOSCOW (AP) — 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.

That last sentence is the real heart of the story, needless to say.  I’m guessing the protagonist in the story took this classic attack ad too seriously:

PAUL ADDS: Gee, even in Karl Popper’s telling, Wittgenstein didn’t actually take a swing at Popper.


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