from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The study of the nature of values and value judgments.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun the study of values and value judgments.

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  • noun uncountable, philosophy The study of the origin, nature, functions, types, and interrelations of values; value theory.
  • noun countable The particular value theory of a philosopher, school of thought, etc.

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  • noun the study of values and value judgments


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Greek axios, worth; see ag- in Indo-European roots + -logy.

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From Ancient Greek ἄξιος (aksios, "worthy").


  • And he wondered whether the painting's change was a matter of keeping up with changing truth, but axiology tended to exhaust him.

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  • So, I drew up a little ontology of sets of human agents: (phil sense, not compu) 1. denialists = with UNscientific axiology, whether w/or w/o (clim.) sci degrees

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  • During my matriculation at Spelman College, I read the research of Dr. Edwin Nichols, who researched why and how cultural competence in the classroom looks and works by exploring the logic systems, axiology values and epistemological styles of different groups.

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  • These include: anti-scepticism, anti-naturalism in humanities and axiology, realism in epistemology and philosophy of science, absolutism in epistemology and axiology, and empiricism.

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  • In axiology as well as in metaphysics/theodicy, freedom is crucial, on Hartshorne's view.

    Charles Hartshorne

  • As before, however, Hartshorne's axiology is ultimately theocentric in character.

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  • Secondly, the concept of interdisciplinarity implies a neutral axiology

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  • I think that differences in ontology, methodology and/or axiology cause a great deal of confusion in these discussions.

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  • Until then, we'll continue to see participants in various paradigms demanding that other participants work from within the same ontology, methodology and/or axiology.

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  • The branch of ethics concerned with intrinsic value is known as axiology.



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  • Damn! I was hoping it was the study of armpits.
    See axillary.

    August 4, 2016

  • JM has heard there have been some chops made to axiology.

    January 30, 2011

  • While self-understanding is an inevitable result of such study, the concept of 'values' (as personal-motivators, not the cliche of "family values" and holier-than-thou moralism) can be tremendously fruitful for communication.

    August 2, 2008

  • I think everyone should practice this... imagine the perfect utopia filled with people with values!

    August 2, 2008

  • From the Greek axia (αξια, value, worth); the study of value or quality. Introduced by Robert Persig in his "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" to a more general reading public.

    May 2, 2007