Intellectual detachment has many different definitions. However, in developmental psychology, refers to the child’s motivation to acquire new skills and experiences. This is often manifested at two years old when children have the autonomy to satisfy their curiosity.
For instance, a toddler does not anymore depend on his mother to find out how a certain flower smells and feels like. Moreover, intellectual detachment pertains to having an objective point of view. For instance, a judge is not influenced by his own epistemological perspective while hearing a known philosopher’s case proceedings.