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Singapore: The ideal polis of Plato?


Abu Bakar, Afi Roshezry and Michael, Edwin and Ibrahim, Ira Meilita and Shu, Tze Yuh (2011) Singapore: The ideal polis of Plato? In: Second Seminar on National Resilience (SNAR II), 18-19 October 2011, Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

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Abstract

Callipolis, as pointed out as Socrates in Plato’s Republic laid out the ‘perfect’ city, the ideal polis which will be ultimately governed by philosopher-kings.According to Socrates, philosopher-kings will make the best ruler for a city.The factors will be discussed in this paper in the light of Singaporean governance.Singapore as a democratic country had also been categorized as an authoritarian state, which suggests a clash between these two concepts. Singapore, a small country in South East Asia ruled by “Hybrid Regime” as pointed out by The Economist, Intelligence Unit.The goal of this study is to establish a substantial relation between Singapore and Socrates’ Callipolis by examining their similarities particularly on the governance of a philosopher-king.Thus, the works of prominent academicians and research works will be used.The results show that in order for Singapore to become a developed country in SEA region and become part of the first world, a highly controlled state was adopted that guaranteed continuous growth and stability in economics and politics of the country.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN 978-967-0193-05-2 Anjuran: Institut Pemikiran Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
Uncontrolled Keywords: Plato, Socrates, Callipolis, Philosopher-king, Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Institut Pemikiran Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2013 06:26
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2013 06:26
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/8703

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