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1. Concept

“Autonomy,” derived from Gk. autos (self) plus nomos (law), means establishing one’s own law. It became a technical term in Thucydides (5th cent. b.c.), who used it to describe a city under foreign domination that was allowed to make its own internal laws. It was again used as a term in political law in the 15th century to denote the independence of a tribe, group (confession), or institutions (e.g., a university) within a superior community. This precise sense in political law has remained to the present …

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Feil, Ernst, “Autonomy”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 15 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A778>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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