By Diana Hsieh
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?
My Answer, In Brief: The explicit, considered, and public commitment of a marriage offers major legal, business, social, and personal benefits over and above merely living together.
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Tags: Dating, Family, Law, Marriage, Relationships, Romance
- Philosophy in Action: Staying in a Marriage, Living Together Outside Marriage, State Involvement in Marriage, and more on marriage
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A podcast of the full episode – where I answered questions on the value of marriage, antibiotic resistance in a free society, concern for attractiveness to others, semi-automatic handguns versus revolvers, and more – is available here: Episode of 17 February 2013.
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