autonomy \au*ton"o*my\ (&?;), n. [gr. &?;: cf. f. autonomie. see autonomous.] 1. the power or right of self-government; self-government, or political independence, of a city or a state. 2. (metaph.) the sovereignty of reason in the sphere of morals; or man's power, as possessed of reason, to give law to himself. in this, according to kant, consist the true nature and only possible proof of liberty. autonomy n 1. immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence [syn: liberty]
2. personal independence [syn: self-direction, self-reliance, self-sufficiency]
Autonomy (Ancient Greek: αὐτονομία autonomia from αὐτόνομος autonomos from αὐτο- auto- "self" and νόμος nomos, "law", hence when combined understood to mean "one who gives oneself one's own law") is a concept found in moral, political, and bioethical philosophy. Within these contexts, it is the capacity of a rational individual to make an informed, un-coerced decision.
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The sovereignty of reason in the sphere of morals; or man's power, as possessed of reason, to give law to himself. In this, according to Kant, consist the true nature and only possible proof of liberty. (n.)
The power or right of self-government; self-government, or political independence, of a city or a state.
the condition of subordinating all changes to the maintenance of the organization. Self-asserting capacity of living systems to maintain their identity through the active compensation of deformations. (Maturana and Varela, 1979) Attribute of an organizationally closed system, i.e., a system whose organization is self-explanatory and by implication circular. The understanding of autonomous systems requires references neither to events outside that system e.g. causes (see causality ), nor to a metasystem of which it maybe a part for reasons other than what constitutes its organization. Autonomous systems possess (a) a recursive form of organization of (b) processes which continually constitute their own unity by maintaining (c) a boundary within which its organization is realized (see recursion, recognition , constitution ). (krippendorff )