When Philosophers disagree: A disagreement over synthetic a priori propositions could result in physical violence

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When Philosophers disagree: A disagreement over synthetic a priori propositions could result in physical violence

Post  Guest on Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:52 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24178570

A Russian man was reportedly shot in a quarrel over the thinker Immanuel Kant. It sounds incongruous, but it's not the first time that philosophy has incited aggression.

Two men were waiting for a beer at a store in the southern Russian town of Rostov-on-Don. Somehow, the subject of the philosopher Immanuel Kant came up. Discussion morphed into argument, argument descended into fisticuffs.

What was it all about - a disagreement over synthetic a priori propositions?

Might the violence have been caused by diverse interpretations of transcendental idealism? Or perhaps the quarrel was triggered by a fundamental difference of opinion about the "categorical imperative"?

While the substance of the argument remains unclear, more details have begun to emerge.

One of the combatants pulled out a pistol, and shot the other one several times with rubber bullets before running away. He was later arrested and has been charged with causing serious bodily harm.

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