Axiology is the general name for “value theory”
Axiology is derived from the combination of the Greek word “axios” meaning value, worthy, worth or worthwhileness and from the term, logos (science).
Axiology identifies how we are most likely to act or react in any given situation. It helps us to understand how people judge the “worth” of objects (including one’s own self) and the patterns we use to make comparative or evaluative judgments about everything in our experience.
Axiology has given considerable expansion to the term, value and it has provided unification to a number of questions related to economy, morality, religion, sports, psychology, aesthetics, and even pure systems such as logic or mathematics. These questions have long been considered in relative isolation and are now unified under the umbrella of axiological (value) science.
Formal axiology is the logic-based science of value anchored in a “hierarchy of meaning” from the most meaningful or richest value to the most destructive or greatest value loss.
Moreover, Axiology, is a mathematically-based science of human evaluative judgment that objectively identifies how our mind analyzes and interprets our experiences as meaningful. This allows us to translate perceived qualities into quantities, which can be better understood and effectively applied in executive coaching.
Axiology first became a science with the works of Professor Robert S. Hartman, Ph.D. who united and ordered value theory with a grounding in the logic of formal set theory. He established the foundations of a scientific, “formal” axiology – centered on the first logical hierarchy of value.
The value hierarchy has three main dimensions of value representing different kinds of concepts or regions of reality. These are generally understood as intrinsic (people), extrinsic (things), and systemic value (ideas), respectively.
“Axiology” is the science of value, and on the coaching and human development process side, the value science of human betterment.
It is not a repackaged or warmed-over collection of old material. It is brand new and stands on its own historical and logical foundation.
Axiology provides analytical tools for diagnosis of the actual state of affairs, and for bringing the “future state of affairs” into the present, in terms of structured growth and development.