Ruling Value-System: A society’s value-system presupposed by those governed by it which ultimately regulates the decision norms and goals of the society’s dominant social institutions, the individual roles within them, and the thought structure of those internalizing the regulating assumptions and conclusions as givens.
Religion is often the ruling value-system in fantastic form.
See also Phenomenology.
Source: ‘What is Good? What is Bad? The Value of All Values across Time, Place and Theories’ by John McMurtry, Philosophy and World Problems, Volume I-III, UNESCO in partnership with Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems: Oxford, 2004-11.