Axiology, the science of human values

The Hartman Value Profile

An Assessment and Guidance System for Improving Personal Performance

Five decades of research went into creating the Hartman Value Profile. This groundbreaking mathematical system accurately and objectively analyzes how our "values" effect our performance.

Dr. Robert S. Hartman was nominated for the Nobel Prize for his contributions in value measurement using Axiology. Hartman's value mathematics makes it possible to measure human values as accurately as a thermometer measures temperature.

Hartman's "Value Profile" makes it possible for us to identify the underlying talents and development needs of key people and provide specific recommendations for coaching, training and placement.

Over 100 studies have been used to validate the Axiological model including an extensive study using a database of over 40,000 people from executives to entry level workers.

Axiology, the science of human values, enables us to identify the internal valuing systems that influence our perceptions, decisions and actions - to clearly understand "why" we do what we do!

Businesses in the USA and Europe have discovered the value of Axiology using the Hartman Value Profile to assess talents and develop performance improvement plans for their key people.

The Hartman Value Profile meets all of the EEOC requirements.
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Axiology: The Science of Value

The father of modern value science, Robert S. Hartman, observed that we have made our world a paradox where, despite our extraordinary scientific and technological discoveries, we have gained little insight into how to find a sense of inner peace. Having experienced the moral confusion of Hitler's rise to power in prewar Germany, Hartman envisioned a science which could organize "good" as effectively as the Nazis organized "evil". READ MORE

The Science of Axiology

Axiology is the science of value. The word 'axiology', derived from two Greek roots 'axios' (worth or value) and 'logos' (logic or theory), means the theory of value. The development of the science makes possible the objective measurement of value as accurately as a thermometer measures heat. READ MORE

Dr. Robert S. Hartman: Founder of Modern Axiology

The technological achievements of modern natural science are known to all. We live daily with the products of the scientific age: automobiles, airplanes, electricity, television, and plastics are just a few examples. The consequences of modern technology, however, are not all positive. For example, atomic energy is accompanied by the threat of annihilation. The Industrial Revolution, which made possible our standard of living, also delivered acid rain and other byproducts which threaten to destroy our forests and, in turn, the very air we breathe. READ MORE

Value Mathematics

Realizing that the primary difference between natural order and moral disorder lay in the mathematics which orders the natural world, Dr. Hartman set out to discover a value mathematics. In a stroke of genius comparable to the discoveries of Galileo, Newton, and Einstein, he discovered the principles which order and structure not only our moral decisions but all value judgments. From these principles, Dr. Hartman constructed a value mathematics which can and does bring order to our value world. READ MORE

Measuring Intangibles

Our decisions and actions involve two elements: a factual aspect which can be seen and objectively measured and an intangible aspect which can be felt and known but may not be immediately expressible in reasons, facts and causes. For example, my request, "Please get my 'good' shoes" means for me 'white tennis shoes which are well worn." The descriptive properties "white, tennis shoes and well worn" are easily identifiable. The descriptive phrase "good" represents a particular set of properties that I identify with shoes that I consider "good." If the person to whom I make my request does not know what this combination of properties is, he or she may not only have difficulty finding my "good shoes," but, more importantly, may disagree with me about what constitutes "good shoes."  READ MORE

The Importance of Value and Valuing

Unfortunately, most of our value situations are more complex and involved than the request "Please get my good shoes." Our most important decisions hinge on those intangible elements we call values. Consider the process of choosing a marriage partner. Our decisions about those qualities which identify the person we wish to marry do not always have a logical reference point. "What does he see in her?" or "What does she see in him?" are remarks which are often heard about couples. Why certain individuals are attracted to each other and will enter into relationships at great risk has always been a mystery. The usual response to the development of such relationships is "Love is blind."  READ MORE

Conflicts and Conflict Resolution

Conflict occurs when our different perspectives clash; when, because of our uniqueness and individuality, we cannot reach a shared or common decision; when our problems and priorities are different; when, because of our motivations, we emphasize different aspects of the same thing. Often, the result of these conflicts is that, either out of fear or out of the sheer will to impose our own point of view, we collide with others, impeding our progress or theirs and delaying the solution for whatever problem exists.  READ MORE

Key Features of Value Science

Dr. Hartman's creation of value mathematics has revolutionized the process of understanding values and valuation. Axiology provides a universal frame of reference for understanding a person's perceptions demonstrating why an individual sees or perceives a situation as he or she does, showing what access a person has to natural talents and explaining why a person's behavior is as it is.  READ MORE

The Value Profile Instruments

Axiology measures a person's capacity to value. Since valuation is a natural, logical activity of the human mind, value profiles measure how the thinking process functions. The capacity for valuation can be compared to a person's talent for music or sports.

Each person has certain innate or inborn skills and aptitudes. Some individuals have better developed natural value talent and can therefore make better value decisions. These individuals have sharper perceptions, make decisions which are almost always right on target, create original ideas and innovative ways to solve problems and have dynamic, positive attitudes.  READ MORE

The Dimensions of Value

Dr. Hartman discovered three different types or classes of concepts. Since concepts are the measure of value, these three types of concepts define three dimensions of value. The distinguishing feature of each type of concept is the number of properties which it takes to fulfill its definition. The following table illustrates the dimensions of value.  READ MORE