from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The principle of autonomy or the independence of municipalities or of communities each containing but a single municipality.
- noun The theory that the forms into which animals and plants develop are determined by an inward agency.
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- noun An
Italian left-wing politicaland socialmovement from the 1960s
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For the core principle of secularism as an ideology is what I call autonomism: the proposition that man himself can and ought to define the basis of the state's legitimacy, without any necessary basis in or reference to a moral law higher than himself.
It would seem his version of something he calls autonomism is just the same old stuff we have heard before the Parti Quebecois and others.
All of this is the fruit of what I call "autonomism": the idea that human freedom entails the freedom to decide what the most fundamental norms of life are to be, a freedom constrained only by obvious considerations of physical reality and social utility.
Yet because of its default secularism, and its corresponding ideology of what I call "autonomism," the West today makes it almost impossible for most of us to keep focused on what at's stake in every choice we make.
Key forces in the global justice movement shared a set of politics often called "autonomism" or "horizontalism," which explicitly opposed the formation of a defined radical or revolutionary organization.
Now if autonomism could still be effectively reversed, Catholics would indeed be best placed to do the job.
Secularism is worthless as a political ideology because its autonomism reduces in turn to moral relativism, which can justify anything and therefore nothing.
That is not just because the political sphere is the province of the laity, which of course is true; it is because the bishops confront, among the Catholic laity themselves, the same autonomism that has gained purchase in the culture at large.
That's as silly as their autonomism excuse that Quebec is now not part of the Constitution.
The other aspect of our dissipation is the fruit of autonomism.