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. As with previous Saturday Sessions the topic will be confirmed in the month prior to the event. Participants will be emailed links to pre-readings, and a Zoom invitation a few days prior.
The Ethics of Care — More than Justice
The COVID19 pandemic has reminded us that a flourishing society rests on all the caring that is done in both paid and voluntary capacities. Receiving care is a universal experience because we were all once helpless infants who needed to be looked after. Providing care is also a common experience, but one that is unequally shared between women and men. In this Saturday Session we’ll discuss “the ethics of care”, a moral framework that challenges established theories like utilitarianism or Kant’s ‘categorical imperative’. Dominant philosophical theories prioritise reason, but the ethics of care suggests that emotion must be central to moral decision making too, and that any theory of justice that does not include the perspective of care will be flawed. As Virginia Held writes: “There can be no justice without care…for without care no child would survive and there would be no persons to respect.”