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Axiology (from Greek ἀξίᾱ, axiā, "value, worth"; and -λογία, -logia) is the study of quality or value. It is often taken to include ethics and aesthetics[1] — philosophical fields that depend crucially on notions of value — and sometimes it is held to lay the groundwork for these fields, and thus to be similar to value theory and meta-ethics. The term was first used in the early 20th century by Paul Lapie, in 1902, and E. von Hartmann, in 1908.[2]

One area in which research continues to be pursued is so-called formal axiology, or the attempt to lay out principles regarding value with mathematical rigor.

Dr. Robert Hartman developed a mathematically based and scientifically validated assessment using axiology. His assessment and the licensing of it are maintained by the Hartman Institute. [[[2]]].

The term is also used sometimes in regards to economic value.


  1. ^ Random House Unabridged Dictionary. [1]. Dictionary Entry on Axiology.
  2. ^ Samuel L. Hart. Axiology--Theory of Values. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

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Axiology is the field of study under the broad scope of philosophy that studies ethical and aesthetic values.


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