On Sunday’s Philosophy in Action Radio, Greg Perkins and I will answer questions on the value of marriage, misuse of antibiotics, concern for your attractiveness to others, semi-automatic handguns, and more. This episode of internet radio airs at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 17 February 2013, in our live studio. If you miss that live broadcast, you can always listen to the podcast later.

This week’s questions are:

  • Question 1: The Value of Marriage: What is the value of marriage? What is the value of marriage? How is it different from living with a romantic partner in a committed relationship? Is marriage only a legal matter? Or does it have some personal or social benefit?
  • Question 2: Misuse of Antibiotics: How would antibiotic misuse be handled in a free society? It may be possible that antibiotic-resistant bacteria acquire such resistance by exposure to low doses of antibiotics. Such low doses may come from misuse of antibiotics, for example when taken to combat a cold or flu, which are viral infection against which antibiotics do nothing, or by not completing the full course as prescribed by a doctor. Antibiotics are indeed awesome drugs which have saved millions of people. But resistant bacteria pose a serious health problem, often causing serious and difficult-to-treat illness in third parties. What would be the proper way to address this problem in a free society?
  • Question 3: Concern for Your Attractiveness to Others: Should you care whether other people find you attractive? I’ve heard some people say they don’t care what other people think of their physical appearance: they only care about their own judgment. To care, they say, is second-handed. Is that right? It is wrong to be pleased when someone compliments you on your clothes or hair?
  • Question 4: Semi-Automatic Handguns: Are semi-automatic handguns more dangerous than revolvers? In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, many of my friends claim that semi-automatic firearms should be banned. They think that people should only be permitted to own revolvers. What are the differences between these two kinds of handguns? Do those differences matter to public policy debates about gun rights and gun control?

After that, we’ll tackle some impromptu “Rapid Fire Questions.”

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If you miss the live broadcast, you’ll find the podcast from the episode posted in the archive: Radio Archive: Marriage, Antibiotic Resistence, Privacy, and More. It will be posted on Monday morning, if not sooner. You can automatically download that and other podcasts by subscribing to our Podcast RSS Feed:

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