Kant we all just get along?

The Categorial Imperative put to rest

The Categorial Imperative put to rest

Odessa: Argument about Kant’s philosophy leads to shooting.

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…..

It was not clear which of Kant’s ideas may have triggered the violence.

Fisticuffs, even a little gunfire over Robert Nozick, sure; but Kant?

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12 responses to “Kant we all just get along?

  1. housecat

    At least it was over something important. Who won?

  2. Cobra

    What’s a “nonlethal handgun?”. Pellet pistol? Super Soaker?

  3. Fred2

    Hah. I’ve read Kant and i am impressed somebody understood him well enought to get passed arguing about what the heck he was pn about at such great length.

    Mind you I’m a philosophical philestine: If the philosopher can’t summarize the argument in one or two typed pages, my starting assumption is that a whole lot of b.s. is hiding the fact that he is full of it.

  4. more likely the dispute concerned the proper placement of Sinatra’s quote

    picking on Volvos and now Nozick?

    • In fact, the summer I had a Volvo (a 1967, 122S), I rebuilt the engine, drove it to Colorado and went backpacking with all 2-lbs of Nozick’s “Anarchy, State and Utopia” brought along for light reading among the peaks. Nozick was the last, best thing to come out of Harvard since then, and that was the summer of 1974.

  5. AJ

    Probably a fight over who was the PM, prime mover as in OG, original gangster.

  6. Anonymous

    I guess we can just chalk this one up to Russian exceptionalism.

  7. Libertarian Advocate

    Gotta wonder what John Silberman would have made of a Kantian duel…

  8. Libertarian Advocate

    Goddamned iPad auto correct! That was supposed to be John Silber