Intellectual autonomy reflects certain facts about the social nature of human agency — that to be effective (or to exist at all) actions must be prepared for by an education at the hands of the community; that actions are often socially coordinated; that people depend on their contemporaries for information, stimulation, and critical correction; that the intelligence with which an action is performed belongs to a tradition of practical intelligence that may be centuries or millennia old but that intelligent action is never algorithmically determined by such a tradition; that actions are always finally performed by individuals; that human beings often disagree about what should be done and that disagreements can often be settled by discussion in which each party shows an independent spirit. Intellectual autonomy is a wise disposition of balance between hetero-regulation and auto-regulation in intellectual practice.
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