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Why should axiological truths be? Axiological beliefs can be collective because they rest on reasons perceived by people as strong, exactly as positive beliefs. But these reasons do not derive from ultimate principles. As factual beliefs, axiological beliefs are grounded on complex systems of arguments. In other words, if we follow here Weber's ideas, as I perceive them, or rather as I elaborate on them since Weber's developments on "axiological rationality" are very sketchy, we generate a special cognitivist theory, according to which social subjects would judge that "X is good" if, in a given context, a system of arguments, firstly leads to the conclusion "X is good," and secondly has no serious competitor which would lead to the opposite conclusion.

It happens that social subjects are mistaken on the reasons or motivations moving them: I believe that what my friend says is true, but I am actually blinded by my friendship toward him. If the notion of "false consciousness" is used in such a context, it does not raise any difficulty, since it describes in this case a set of states of consciousness well identifiable thanks to empirical indices: any observer can note that what my friend says is false, that I do not see it, although I am generally more critical, that I support him using controversial arguments, but that I give the impression of being sincere, etc.

36 The Origin of Values Socio-Functional Causes According to Marx, normative beliefs would be a distorted expression of class interests. This theory belongs to the class of functional theories. According to this theory, beliefs are namely, as in the Nietzschean theory, explained by their function: in this case, the promotion of the social interests of those who endorse them. Such a theory raises several questions, however: why do I have the impression that the ideas in which I believe are fair or valid, and not that they serve my class interests?

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