Autonomy

From Kant’s Beantwortung der Frage: Was ist Aufklärung?

Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s understanding without guidance from another. This immaturity is self-imposed when its cause lies not in lack of understanding, but in lack of resolve and courage to use it without guidance from another. “Sapere Aude! [Dare to know!] Have courage to use your own understanding!”–that is the motto of enlightenment.

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