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'''Axiology''', from the Greek ''axia'' (''αξια'', value, worth), is the study of value or quality. It is often thought 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 used in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but in recent decades, [[value theory]] has tended to replace it in discussions of the nature of value or goodness in general. Main article: ''[[Goodness and value theory]]''.
 
   
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]].
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'''Axiology''' (from [[Ancient Greek|Greek]] {{lang|grc|[[wiktionary:ἀξίᾱ|ἀξίᾱ]]}}, ''axiā'', "value, worth"; and {{lang|grc|[[wiktionary:-λογία|-λογία]]}}, ''[[wiktionary:-logia|-logia]]'') is the study of quality or [[value (ethics)|value]]. It is often taken to include [[ethics]] and [[aesthetics]]<ref>Random House Unabridged Dictionary. [http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/axiology]. ''Dictionary Entry on Axiology.''</ref> &mdash; philosophical fields that depend crucially on notions of value &mdash; 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.<ref>Samuel L. Hart. [http://www.jstor.org/pss/2105883 Axiology--Theory of Values]. ''Philosophy and Phenomenological Research''.</ref>
   
The term is also used sometimes in [[economics]].
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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]].
   
A popular work by [[Robert M. Pirsig]], ''[[Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance]],'' introduced the term "axiology" to a general audience, although not in any technical context.
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The term is also used sometimes for [[economic value]].
   
==References==
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== References ==
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==Further reading==
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* {{sep|value-theory|Value Theory}}
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* {{cite book
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| authorlink = Robert S. Hartman
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|title=The Structure of Value
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|year=1967
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|unused_data=|R. S.|USI Press
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}} 384 pages.
 
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* {{cite book
| last = Findlay | first = J. N.
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| authorlink = J. N. Findlay
 
| authorlink = J. N. Findlay
| title=Axiological Ethics
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|title=Axiological Ethics
| publisher=Macmillan
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|publisher=Macmillan
| location=New York
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|location=New York
| year=1970
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|year=1970
| id=ISBN 0333002695
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|isbn=0-333-00269-5
 
}} 100 pages.
 
}} 100 pages.
 
 
* {{cite book
 
* {{cite book
| last = Rescher | first = Nicholas
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|last=Rescher |first=Nicholas
 
| authorlink = Nicholas Rescher
 
| authorlink = Nicholas Rescher
| title=Value Matters: Studies in Axiology
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|title=Value Matters: Studies in Axiology
| publisher=Ontos Verlag
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|publisher=Ontos Verlag
| location=Frankfurt
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|location=Frankfurt
| year=2005
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|year=2005
| id=ISBN 3937202676
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|isbn=3-937202-67-6
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* [[Value theory]]
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* [[Noesis]]
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* [[Russian philosophy]]
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* [[N.O. Lossky]]
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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.

The term is also used sometimes for economic value.

References Edit

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

Further readingEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. redirectTemplate:Philosophy
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