Transcending Dualism In Public Administration

By Steven Sim

September 2011 FEATURE
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Ancient Taoists realised that contradictions were creations of the human mind. When Yin appears, so does Yang. In modern Western thought, notions stemming from the Hegelian dialectic are the closest thing to this old wisdom. These were traditions meant to point to the endless divisiveness of dualistic thought, which in public administration and politics causes more problems than it solves.THE OLD GREEK philosophy has a famous law, the law of non-contradiction, which says, a thing cannot be its opposite in the...

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Steven Sim

is the MP for Bukit Mertajam and Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports.