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1. Subject to external or foreign laws or domination; not autonomous.
2. Biology Differing in development or structure.

[hetero- + Greek nomos, law; see -nomy + -ous.]

het′er·on′o·mous·ly adv.


1. (Law) subject to an external law, rule, or authority. Compare autonomous
2. (Biology) (of the parts of an organism) differing in the manner of growth, development, or specialization
3. (Philosophy) (in Kant's philosophy) directed to an end other than duty for its own sake. Compare autonomous4b
ˌheterˈonomously adv
ˌheterˈonomy n
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As in the case of blacks, their "negative dialectics," their awareness of the contradictions of the heteronomous racial capitalist order did not foster a reconstitution of that order but a request that the order rid itself of a particular contradiction and allow their participation in the order, devoid of that particular contradiction, which prevented them from identifying with the Hegelian totality (i.
It is only as children get older, when their moral cognition shifts from a heteronomous view to an autonomous one, that children begin to recognize that an act being rewarded by adults does not necessarily make it a good act and an act disapproved by adults, a bad act.
emiratus, especially after the first generation when heteronomous hyperparasitism becomes possible (Walter 1983; Williams 1996).
The literary or artistic field is at all times the site of struggle between the two principles of hierarchization: the heteronomous principle (e.
Brockman points out that Witz's sites represent a continuum from least control at the heteronomous end to greatest control at the autonomous end.
For Bourdieu (1993) journalism is "the seemingly most heteronomous form of cultural production" which could is not merely dependent on economic incentives but also the outcome of social capital (p.
Fuchs' (2010) evaluation of 'alternative media' is based on its potential to emerge as 'critical media' as it provided 'alternatives to dominant repressive heteronomous perspectives' with the aim of giving voice to the powerless (p.
When a Catholic university abridges the right to unionize of its adjunct faculty it violates its own tradition's teaching, not a heteronomous legal injunction imposed upon it by the government.
1) He did not deny theism, but he opposed a heteronomous legal tradition, a set of rules and regulations imposed by a deity and meant to be unchanging through time.
Nonlogical science, as immediately undertaken, is doubly unfree, doubly heteronomous.
In place of the transparency of accountability, Levinas substitutes the opacity of the Other, who is both unknowable in principle, and yet intimately proximate through the 'extreme sensitivity of one subjectivity to another, the heteronomous responsibility of our subjectivity' (cited in Campbell 1994, p.