Definition of axiology in English:



mass noun
  • 1Philosophy
    The study of the nature of value and valuation, and of the kinds of things that are valuable.

    ‘one of the central questions in axiology is this: what elements can contribute to the intrinsic value of a state of affairs?’
    • ‘A helpful assumption often made in axiology is that intrinsic value is had not just by anything at all, but rather by states of affairs or propositions.’
    • ‘It seeks to define, establish, defend, and vindicate the presuppositions of Christian theology in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, and axiology.’
    • ‘We conclude that there is an internal ethics or axiology within research perspectives and methodologies that needs to be examined where ethnoracial issues are prominent.’
    • ‘The superfield within philosophy known as axiology includes both ethics and aesthetics and is unified by each sub-branch's concern with value.’
    • ‘An Associate Professor, she teaches and writes about philosophy and anything that calls for critical thinking, especially in the areas of axiology, social sciences, and epistemology.’
    • ‘I discuss the relation between existential risks and basic issues in axiology, and show how existential risk reduction can serve as a strongly action-guiding principle for utilitarian concerns.’
    • ‘War, as profitable as it can be, is just one highly revealing token of how an implicit axiology grounded in money cannot but uproot life.’
    1. 1.1count noun A particular theory of axiology.
      ‘all consequentialists start with an axiology which tells us what things are valuable or fitting to desire’
      • ‘If you espouse a rhetorical axiology, do the majority of your responses focus on the writer's persona, purpose, and audience?’
      • ‘She assumes an expressivist axiology, a subjective epistemology, an expressivist view of the composing process, and a mixed pedagogy.’
      • ‘Diversity rather responds to a need for nuance and sophistication, for particular solutions tailored to the specificities of different problems, drawing on different axiologies.’
      • ‘It can be argued that the law of armed conflict and human rights law have diametrically opposed, or at least incompatible, axiologies.’
      • ‘This version of consequentialism has an incredibly implausible axiology.’


Early 20th century from French axiologie, from Greek axia ‘worth, value’.