Staring down the barrel of Kantian thought

Philosophical argument in a beer line can be dangerous for your life. A late night dispute over 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant in southern Russia landed one man in hospital with gunshot wound and another in police custody.

The row broke out when two young men queuing for beer at an outdoor stall in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don fell into a conversation about Kant.

“They started arguing about the works and merits of Immanuel Kant,” said the city police in a statement on its website. “The heated argument escalated into a fistfight.”

Then one of the men, aged 26, “pulled a pistol and shot his opponent several times”, the statement said.

The 28-year-old victim was rushed to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to his head caused by rubber bullets.

The shooter fled the scene but was detained. He faced up to 10 years in prison for “intentional infliction of serious harm”.

It was not immediately known if the two men fell out over Kant’s assertion that the mind shapes and structures experience or his theory that no decision should be made unless it is morally sound.

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