Research

I am currently a lecturer in Philosophy at University College Cork, where I direct the MA in Health and Society. My research interests are at the intersection of Philosophy and Health Policy. I am especially interested in how laypeople understand issues of science, objectivity in the sciences and social sciences, and public trust in science.

I am also a visiting researcher at LSE, where I am working on issues of single case causation.

Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Philosophy at Durham University, where I worked for the Knowledge for Use project.

I completed my PhD in Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2016. My thesis was on issues of reasonable belief formation and moral responsibility in the context of South African AIDS Denialism in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Areas of Specialisation: 

Applied Ethics, Philosophy and Public Policy, Health Policy, Philosophy of Science and Social Science, Bioethics.

Areas of Competence: 

African Philosophy, Post-Colonial Thought.

Publications: 

Furman, K (2017) Mono-Causal and Multi-Causal Theories of Disease: How to Think Virally and Socially about the Aetiology of AIDS. Journal of Medical Humanitieshttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10912-017-9441-9

Furman, K (co-authored with Chingore-Munazvo, N; Raw, A; and Slabbert M)(Fo) Chronicles of communication and power: informed consent to sterilisation in the Namibian Supreme Court’s LM judgment of 2015. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11017-017-9405-0

Furman, K (2015) Review: Jonathan Matheson and Rico Vitz (eds.), The Ethics of Belief, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.18 (5):1105-1106. 

Furman, K (2014) ‘Ubuntu and the law: Some lessons for the practical application of Ubuntu’ In Ubuntu: Curating the Archive, edited by Leonhard Praeg and Siphokazi Magadla. (Durban: UKZN Press) 

Furman, K (2011) Review: Franziska Bieri. From Blood Diamonds to the Kimberly Process: How NGOs Cleaned Up the Global Diamond Industry. Journal of African and Asian Studies pp. 439- 440

In Preparation 

Moral Responsibility, Culpable Ignorance and Suppressed Disagreement (under review)

What use are real-world cases for philosophers? (draft available)

Was it rational to accept HIV as the cause of AIDS in 1984? (draft available)

Public Trust in Science and Public Health Interventions: The case of Ebola (in progress)

Blogs:

How Mbeki’s character and his AIDS denialism are intimately linked

The international response to the Ebola outbreak has excluded Africans and their interests

Media: 

Interview on PowerFM about Mbeki’s AIDS denialism