Kenneth Paul Tan interviewed for Seoul National University's 3-part documentary on meritocracy

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The documentary is titled "2021: Do You Live in a Fair World?". Kenneth Paul Tan appears in Episode 2 on 8 November 2021 ("The Meritocracy Myth") and Episode 3 ("Beyond Meritocracy and Fairness") on 29 November 2021. He discusses basic definitions and the origins of the idea of meritocracy, its internal contradictions, how merit is determined, meritocracy in Singapore's national development, and lifelong learning. The documentary also features Joseph Fishkin (Law Professor at UCLA) and Daniel Markovits (Law Professor at Yale University).


The full documentary is in Korean, but excerpts featuring Kenneth Paul Tan speaking in English are provided below:


EPISODE 2: THE MERITOCRACY MYTH

Extract 1: Basic definitions and origins of meritocracy


Extract 2: Contradictions of meritocracy


Extract 3: How to determine merit


EPISODE 3: BEYOND MERITOCRACY AND FAIRNESS

Extract 4: Meritocracy in the Singapore model, its brand, and its soft power


Extract 5: Meritocracy's decay in Singapore


Extract 6: The limits of lifelong learning, taking starting points more seriously



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