Definition of axiology in English:



  • 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. 1.1A 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.’



/ˌaksēˈäləjē/ /ˌæksiˈɑlədʒi/


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