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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.
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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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He compares them in the context of revelation comprehension (revelation as immediacy and revelation as enigma and paradox), the concept of God (teleological abolition; the requirements of love and divine transcendence), heteronomy (the shock of a transcendental as heteronomous intersubjectivity, transcendence, heteronomy and the birth of responsible selfhood), return (the "logic" of solidarity, the inverted intentionality: being orientation) etc.
As de Lauretis explains, this is a "gendered, heterogeneous, and heteronomous subject," who is produced in and through the horizons of meaning available in the culture at any given time.
Piaget's moral development theory consists of two stages as heteronomous morality and autonomous morality.
This situation is the outcome of changes in higher education policies, currently oriented by the so-called "Anglo-Saxon" model by virtue of which universities are no longer seen as social institutions, but as neo-professionalized, heteronomous, operational, business-minded and competitive social organizations (10).
for autonomous reasons, but rather for heteronomous, i.e.
Autonomy, therefore, concerns the capability of deconstructing-and going beyond the established social framework which shapes the conditions of heteronomous bios, a predetermined and contained form of life.
Using theories of circulation to analyze the development of European secular and religious drama, scholars of early modern literature explore relationships between tradition and innovation, the status of genre, the proportion of autonomous and heteronomous creational dispositions within given artefacts or within genres, and the strategies of functionalization in the context of a given part of the cultural net.
They gave me an old box of ash and told me, 'Here is your mother, take her away, she is no good to us.' (136) The unjust treatment of the heterogeneous non-white population creates an irresolvable moral dilemma because the white ruling minority depends heavily on the active heteronomous population, more than half of which reside in white areas (Cornevin 26).
However, these methods, being based on external signals, are by definition heteronomous, which can be critical for some applications, such as for navigational tasks of underwater vehicles or for positioning in closed or underground facilities.
Thus, it is good that the editors seem to take this challenge seriously as they acknowledge that '"theory" has often served as intellectualized justification for heteronomous power, very often expressed in a hermetic language (and being as such an exclusionary power tool)' (p5) but add that it is also 'high time to depart from this "theory-is-nothing-but-blah-blah-blah" bias' (p5).