Robert S. Hartman – the 40th Anniversary of the Death of a Great Scientist and Visionary

On September 21st the anniversary of Robert S. Hartman’s death will take place for the 40th time. An immigrant to the United States, the logician and philosopher is the founder of the mathematically exact science of values.

Robert S. Hartman was a scientist of German decent, who escaped to the USA in the 1930s. The atrocities committed during WWII were also the trigger for his search for the definition of good, which he was later able to scientifically define using formal axiology. Hartman worked for Walt Disney, as a university professor, as well as a consultant for value-oriented companies before he died in 1972. Shortly before his death, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.   

Munich, September 9, 2013 – The anniversary of the death of the founder of the formal axiology, Robert S. Hartman, will be marked for the 40th time on September 21, 2013. Born in Berlin, Hartman studied law, political science, and business. During the early 1930s he worked as a judge. In this capacity he attracted attention with his harsh sentencing of Nazi offenders. He also published offensive articles against this movement which is why he had to flee to London in 1933 after the seizure of power by the National Socialists.  In 1938, he left Europe and worked as a representative for Walt Disney in Mexico. But the cruelties of the war would not relinquish their hold on him. He studied philosophy and dedicated his time to his scientific research on the subject, “What is good?” Thereby, he occupied himself with the thought about whether one could organize good as efficiently and effectively as evil. Based on this philosophy, he developed the science of values and introduced an axiom to it. “Good is, what fulfills its concept, as defined in his formula Vx=2n-1. With this formula he created the basis for the three value dimensions: intrinsic (human), extrinsic (concrete) and systemic (theoretically). His research was the prerequisite for formal axiology which is valid today. In the 1950s and 1960s, Hartman was one of the most sought after business consultants in the US. Corporations such as General Electric or Nationwide Insurance were among his clients. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for his research before he died in Mexico City on September 21st.

Axiology in Practice

The practical/operative application of Harman’s research is known today as the Hartman Value Profile (HVP), which has been further developed and implemented worldwide by the members of the Robert S. Hartman Institute (RSHI). The president of RSHI Europe is Dr. Uli Vogel. His company, profilingvalues, is based on Hartman’s work in psychology of values. The worldwide unique, validated system measures the person’s “inner values” and current situation. The abilities, and as a novelty, the willingness, are also depicted. Unlike conventional behavioral methods, profilingvalues cannot be manipulated. The comfortable online procedure only takes 20 minutes to complete and is utilized in personnel development and recruiting. Another application of the Hartman Value Profile is profilingbrands. The inner and external values of a company are mapped and in this way, they are the basis for an objective measurement of the organization’s development.

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