HETERONOMY (from Gr. Crepes and vo/ws, the rule of another), the state of being under the rule of another person. In ethics the term is specially used as the antithesis of " autonomy," which, especially in Kantian terminology, treats of the true self as will, determining itself by its own law, the moral law. " Heteronomy " is therefore applied by Kant to all other ethical systems, inasmuch as they place the individual in subjection to external laws of conduct.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)