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Saturday Session, Online – Saturday 18 July


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  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.

While each of us is struggling to make sense of the pandemic for our life and our work, and to understand its implications for the future of Australia and the world, we can’t bring you together physically, However wherever you’re located you can join us for virtual Saturday Sessions; a coming together to assist one another to find a moral anchor in these difficult and confusing times. Registered participants will be emailed links to pre-readings, and a Zoom link in the week prior to the Session.
The topic for this session is – Dirty Hands
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 starting on a dangerous and slippery slope. In this Saturday Session we’ll discuss an influential article that challenges us to consider whether leadership requires us to get our hands dirty.

Exclusive to alumni


18 Jul 2020