September 16, 2013

This Post is Old!

The post you are reading is years old and may not represent my current views. I started blogging around the time I first began to study philosophy, age 17. In my view, the point of philosophy is to expose our beliefs to rational scrutiny so we can revise them and get better beliefs that are more likely to be true. That's what I've been up to all these years, and this blog has been part of that process. For my latest thoughts, please see the front page.

That's Not How We Do Things in the Kingdom of Ends...

The Russian news agency Ria Novosti is reporting (via the LA Times) that an individual in the Russian city of Rostov-On-Don put an end to an argument about Kant by shooting his opponent. (The opponent's injuries are not critical; that means it's ok to laugh, right?)

I love the last paragraph of the article:

The attacker now faces up to a decade in prison for intentional infliction of serious bodily harm, police said. That sentence would give him time to more thoroughly study the works of Kant, who contemplated a universal law of morality.

If our friend spends a little more time contemplating his maxim, he will certainly see that he is not behaving as a citizen of the Kingdom of Ends.

Update, 4:49PM: The story is also up on Leiter Reports and NewAPPS. The latter has a lot of amusing comments.

Posted by Kenny at September 16, 2013 10:20 AM
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