HomePhilosophia: International Journal of Philosophyvol. 37 no. 1 (2008)

Hegel and Malaysia: Dialectics Meets Constitutional Monarchy

Peter Gan Chong Beng

Discipline: Philosophy, Political Science



Hegel's Philosophy of Right holds in high regard the form of a constitutional monarchy with the executive, judiciary, and legislature having overlapping boundaries. The Malaysian governmental structure reflects this configuration. The fundamental premise of this paper is that the interpretive lens of Hegelian metaphysics offers a unique critique of Malaysia's political lineament. In applying Hegel to assess the general form of the Malaysian constitutional monarchy, two specific terrains traversed would be the state-religion liaison and the ramification of government into the crown, executive, judiciary, and legislature.