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Saturday Session, Sydney

Sydney CBD

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 Session is – The Problem of Dirty Hands

Does leadership require us to get our hands dirty? There’s a saying that you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs. When applied to politics, this generally means that achieving positive outcomes sometimes requires temporarily bending or ignoring widely accepted moral rules. Can we imagine, for example, a successful politician who never told a lie in the course of their career? In philosophy this is known as the “dirty hands” problem: the idea that circumstances may sometimes require a good person to do wrong things. Yet once you start down the path of ends justifying means, you are on a dangerous and slippery slope.



Exclusive to alumni


24 Oct 2020