Axiology (from Greek ἀξιᾱ, 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 and E. Von Hartmann.
The term is also used sometimes for economic value.
- Random House Unabridged Dictionary. . Dictionary Entry on Axiology.
- Samuel L. Hart. Axiology--Theory of Values. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
- Hartman (1967). The Structure of Value. 384 pages.
- Findlay, J. N. (1970). Axiological Ethics. New York: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-00269-5. 100 pages.
- Rescher, Nicholas (2005). Value Matters: Studies in Axiology. Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag. ISBN 3-937202-67-6. 140 pages.