Introduction: The Many Faces of Value

S. Steinert*

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This chapter sets up the upcoming chapters of the book and introduces four essential aspects of value. The topic of value has personal, social, and cultural dimensions, and value considerations are related to conceptual and metaphysical questions. These four dimensions of value correspond to four crucial academic disciplines that have focused their theoretical and empirical attention on value(s): psychology, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy. These four disciplines developed their own value theories and conceptualizations of value. To make progress in value theory, an interdisciplinary exchange is necessary. This chapter motivates the book’s aim to provide an accessible introduction and over
view of value theories in the four disciplines. Paying attention to how different disciplines approach the topic of value is the first step toward a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and improved understanding of value.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterdisciplinary Value Theory
PublisherPalgrave MacMillan Publishers
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-10733-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-10732-0
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Psychology
  • Value theory
  • Philosophy
  • Interdisciplinary


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