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onto- +‎ -nomy.


ontonomy (countable and uncountable, plural ontonomies)

  1. A philosophy of existence that emphasizes the harmonious coexistence of nonuniform entities.
    • 1992, James A. Ogilvy, Revisioning Philosophy, →ISBN, page 239:
      The alternative has to be elaborated by fostering in an organic way the healthy tendency, noticeable everywhere, of increasing ontonomies, and working a network of multilateral — but not necessarily universal — relationships which allow for a fruitful coexistence.
    • 1995, Raimundo Panikkar, Cultural Disarmament: The Way to Peace, →ISBN, page 68:
      Personal freedom means the recognition, one's own as well as others', of a person's ontonomy. The premise of ontonomy is that the ultimate structure of reality is harmonious, and that consequently the plenitude of one being stands in a relation with the perfection of the totality.
    • 2004, Simeon Onyewueke Eboh, African Communalism: The Way to Social Harmony and Peaceful Co-existence, page 88:
      In the present world of globalisation, ontonomy is the most realistic approach to community co-existence. In ontonomy, unity is not confused with uniformity.
    • 2015, Emmy van Deurzen, Paradox and Passion in Psychotherapy: An Existential Approach, →ISBN:
      One can easily see how important it could be to teach the principles of ontonomy to our children, during the course of their primary or secondary education, so that as adults they would not have to be quite so clumsy at living as most of us are.