Research Topics

If you wish to do further research into formal axiology, please click on the highlighted letters at the end of the item that you wish to view in full.


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(1) Index I MS-1015

(2) Index 2 MS-1129

(3) Index 3 MS-2031

(4) Audiotapes Audiotapes

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You may read the entire text of the following articles by clicking on the highlighted letters at the end of each.

(1) Rem B. Edwards, “The Basic Concepts of Formal Axiology,” TBCFA.

This discussion states and explains such basic concepts of axiology as “value,” “intrinsic value and valuation,” “extrinsic value and valuation,” “systemic value and valuation,” the “hierarchy of value,” etc. This is Chapter 1 of Rem B. Edwards, Religious Values and Valuations, 2002. To find out more about this book, including how to order it, go to: Books and Publications and scroll fairly far down on that page untill you find the book.

(2) “Bibliography on the Basics of Axiology,” compiled by Rem B. Edwards, BibBoA
This bibliography should be very helpful to those who want to identify the basics of Hartmanian axiology and do some serious reading to learn more. Just start at the top and work your way through it.

(3) Robert S. Hartman, “Axiology As A Science” AAAS
Learn about: the science of axiology, the axiom of axiology, formal axiology, values and valuations, meaning as value, value concepts, value measurement, the value calculus, the Hartman Value Profile, intrinsic values, extrinsic values, systemic values, the value of individual persons, values in love, ethics, psychology, etc.

(4) Robert S. Hartman, “Applications of the Science of Axiology” HASA
Hartman’s own applications of his new science to practical matters of economics, business, management-labor relations, the state, national sovereignty, war, nuclear holocaust, and intimate interpersonal relations.

(5) Rem B. Edwards, “Being and Becoming All That We Can Be” ATWCB
Topics: our being and becoming; the meaning of “All That We Can Be” based on Hartman’s hierarchy of value; how we value as the key to our personalities; developing ourselves as fully as possible systemically, extrinsically, and intrinsically; the need for clear concepts or standards of value in all three dimensions; systemically committing ourselves to lifelong learning, honesty, and objectivity; extrinsically caring for and using our bodies, choosing our practical goals wisely, learning what causes what behaviorally, socially, and physically, choosing effective means to our practical ends, developing our skills as observers and comparers; intrinsically identifying ourselves with as many other intrinsically valuable centers of experience, thought, feeling, and valuation as we can, developing conscience, conpassion, empathy, and love for all living things and ultimately for all realities; our being and becoming.

(6) Robert S. Hartman, “The Measurement of Value”  MOV

A simple introduction to axiology by the master himself. It deals with the nature of intangibles, measuring intangible values, value science, formal axiology, moral values, the definiiton of “good,” the calculus of value, value formulas, value theory, the three dimensions of value–extrinsic, systemic, and intrinsis, value concepts, applications of axiology to human goodness and to business, war, and religion.

(7) Robert S. Hartman, “The Individual in Management” IIM An outline of axiological theory, the three dimensions of value, the value of oneself, self-development, and axiology and religion.

(8) Marvin Katz, “What the World Needs Now: A Scientific Ethics” WWNN An impassioned plea for the development of a scientific ethics based on the work of Robert S. Hartman.

(9) Marcos Gojman, “The Axiological Structure of a Concept: Industrial Design as an Example” ASCID A brilliant application of axiology to problems of industrial design!


(10) Jose Martinez, “The Profound Importance of Value Science.”PIVS Explores the great need for and significance of value science in today’s world.  Jose Martinez, “LA PROFUNDA IMPORTANCIA DE LA CIENCIE DEL VALOR,” Oprima Aquí Para Español

(11) Rem B. Edwards and Arthur Ellis, “Knowing Patients Through Their Values.” KPTTV

A primary way to learn about your patients is to get to know their values, for values are the essential keys to personality structures. Psychotherapists deal with the intrinsic, extrinsic, and systemic values of their patients all of the time. The basic concepts of psychotherapy, e.g., those relating to therapeutic goals and means to ends, are value-laden concepts. Therapists need to know both what patients value and how they value. The Hartman Value Profile is an effective instrument for knowing such things. It tells us directly about the structure of a person’s values and indirectly about the structure of a person’s personality. It has been extensively validated using the very best validation methodologies.

(12) New “Table of Contents” and “Index” for the MANUAL OF INTERPRETATION constructed by Rem B. Edwards. If you have the first edition of the MANUAL, it has a very brief “Table of Contents” and no “Index” at all. If you would like to have a copy of these to help you find things in your old MANUAL, CLICK HERE and then tell your printer to print.

(13) Rem B. Edwards, “The Hierarchy of Values Within Intrinsic Valuation,” THVWIV
This brief discussion gives one of a number of reasons for not capping off Hartmanian axiology with transfinite mathematics and for searching for a better math for an axiological calculus.

(14) Robert K Smith, “How a Terrorist Thinks” HTT
Topics: terrorism in Nazi Germany and in New York and Washington, DC on September 11, 2001; the science of axiology; the three dimensions of value; the components of the minds of terrorists–they lack empathy and view evil as good; without reasoning they blindly belong and obey; without a sense of self, personal loss is no to them; without clarity of meaning they futilely strive after meaning; why we cannot live with terrorists.

(15) To listen at your convenience on your computer to the episode dealing with Hartman’s axiology on the “This American Life” radio program, broadcast on NPR stations between February 7-9, 2003, go to  “Time to Save the World” and click on “Play episode.” The last segment, “Act Four. The Science Of Good And Evil,” appears during the last 15 minutes of the hour long broadcast.

(16) Marvin Katz, “How the Science of Ethics Will Benefit You,” HSEBY  An easy to read introduction to the science of axiology and its benefits.

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