Scale of values

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A scale of values is a scale of an acting man's choices in a given situation, ranked according to subjective priority.

Ludwig von Mises wrote: must not forget that the scale of values or wants manifests itself only in the reality of action. These scales have no independent existence apart from the actual behavior of individuals. … Every action is always in perfect agreement with the scale of values or wants because these scales are nothing but an instrument for the interpretation of a man's acting.[1]


  1. Ludwig von Mises, Human Action, Ch. 4, Sec. 2.