A twenty-six year old philosophy nerd fell into conversation with a twenty-eight year old philosophy nerd while they waited in line for beer in an outdoor stall in the city of Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Several sources report they were talking about Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason when the discussion became heated.
“They decided to find out which of them is a bigger fan of this philosopher, and a tempestuous argument escalated into a fist fight,” said the Rostov region Interior Ministry in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
The fistfight grew so intense, one of the debaters pulled out a “nonlethal pistol”—one that shoots rubber bullets—and fired multiple shots at his opponent’s head. The victim has been hospitalized and is expected to recover. His opponent has been arrested and charged with “intentional infliction of serious harm.”
But what specific points were the two men arguing? Neither could be reached for comment. Peter Thompson of The Guardian speculates:
No one knows what the exact cause of the dispute was but it is hard to imagine murderous intent emerging from the categorical imperative, not least because it was designed precisely to prevent that happening. If human beings are “ends in themselves”, as the saying goes, …read more
Via: Melville House Books