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Philosophy Is Dangerous! Immanuel Kant Debate In Russia Leads To Fist Fight, Ends In Gunshots

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UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 02: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) became professor of logic and metaphysics at the university of Konigsberg, Prussia in 1770. Kant published a variety of articles on the natural sciences, geophysics and astronomy. In ?Allgemeine Naturgesichte und Theorie des Himmels? of 1755 he successfully predicted the existence of Uranus 26 years before William Herschel officially discovered the planet. In later life Kant wrote a number of philosophical texts- ?Critique of Pure Reason? (178 | Getty

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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