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Saturday Session, Perth


The Saturday Sessions provide our alumni a way to extend their professional development and ‘top-up’ their Cranlana experience.  The Saturday Sessions discuss different topical issues and explore ethical themes such as power, fairness, justice, trust and short- vs long-term thinking. Using the Cranlana method, these truly fascinating conversations about the things that matter are based on a selection of provided readings and are guided by our expert Moderators. These intimate sessions of philosophical and ethical discussion, finishing with fine wine and a bite of something delicious, will refuel your sense of moral courage, re-connect you to your critical reasoning capabilities and provide a forum to re-engage with the extraordinary Cranlana alumni.

The topic for this Saturday Session is Animal rights – What are our obligations to other animals?

In 1973, in an essay for the New York Review of Books, Peter Singer coined the term “animal liberation”. Forty-six years later, in an Australian first, the ACT has just changed the legal status of animals to recognise that they are “sentient beings with intrinsic value” and not just the private property of their owners. Singer’s approach to animal rights is utilitarian: animals experience pain and suffering, pain and suffering is bad, therefore humans are morally required to reduce the pain and suffering that animals experience (by becoming vegan, for example). But the question of animal rights can also be approached from other philosophical perspectives.

The location will be confirmed a month or so prior to the Session.

Exclusive to alumni


07 Mar 2020