Elisa Kupers, Linda Hendriks

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The concept of autonomy has received considerable attention in both –philosophy and psychology. From the perspective of philosophy, autonomy refers to self-governance of one’s actions. In psychological theory, the focus has been more on human beings striving to experience autonomy and self-determination. In this entry, we will examine the elusive concept of autonomy from different theoretical angels and focus in particular on how autonomy emerges through social interactions and how it develops over the course of the lifespan. We will pay special attention to the role autonomy plays in creativity and the exploration of the possible.
Translated title of the contributionAutonomie
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible
EditorsVlad Peter Glăveanu
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages7
EditionSpringer eBook
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-98390-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-98390-5
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2022


  • autonomy
  • agency
  • social interactions
  • creativity
  • possiblity


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