This book grows out of a long-felt need for a readable source that explores all aspects of people's values. Good information on the study of human values exists scattered about in various sources, spanning disciplines and decades, but it is not easily located nor readily assimilated and organized in mind. Richard W. Kilby attempts to remedy that situation. This book is a general comprehensive work on human values and is composed of chapters on types of values, their nature, their role in lives, their origins, and methods of their study or assessment. It was written on the assumption that most of its readers would know little of the subject, rather than be specialists, but Kilby's main consideration was to include everything that was pertinent and to do full justice to each topic. One portion or another of The Study of Human Values should be useful to someone, be it student, instructor, researcher, or general reader.