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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-L120-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Axiology is the branch of practical philosophy which studies the nature of value. Axiologists study value in general rather than moral values in particular and frequently emphasize the plurality and heterogeneity of values while at the same time adopting different forms of realism about values. Historically, three groups of philosophers can be described as axiologists: the original Austrian and German schools of value phenomenologists; American theorists of value who offered an account of value which reduces it to human interests; and an English school, influenced by Austro-German phenomenology, which included such diverse figures as G.E. Moore, Hastings Rashdall and W.D. Ross. Recent philosophy has seen a resurgence of interest in value realism in the broadly axiological tradition.

Citing this article:
Smith, Barry and Alan Thomas. Axiology, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-L120-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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