Russian shot in quarrel over Kant’s philosophy

A painting dated 1791 by Gottlieb Doebler shows philosopher Immanuel Kant, is seen 11 February 2004 in an exhibition about Kant (1724-1804) at the historical museum of Duisburg, scheduled from 12 February to 31 October 2004, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the death of the German philosopher. (KIRSTEN NEUMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

MOSCOW – 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.

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