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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 — 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.
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.
The term is also used sometimes for economic value.
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- Hartman (1967). The Structure of Value. 384 pages.
- Findlay, J. N. (1970). Axiological Ethics, New York: Macmillan. 100 pages.
- Rescher, Nicholas (2005). Value Matters: Studies in Axiology, Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag. 140 pages.
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