Katherine Furman

Katherine is a philosophy lecturer at University College Cork, where she is directs the MA in Health and Society. Previously she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Knowledge for Use project at Durham University. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the London School of Economics in 2016. Her research interests are in Philosophy of Science, Epistemology and Ethics, especially in the context of health policy cases.

Dates of Visit: August 2017 – July 2018

Project Description: During her time at CPNSS, Katherine will focus on whether causal claims can be made about single cases (or a small number of cases). In particular, whether ‘model cases’ can be used to assess an intervention’s success in situations where RCTs (Randomised Control Trials) are not appropriate. This has implications for two distinct but related areas of academic debate. The first is the methodological debate over the evidential dominance of RCTs for testing the success of interventions. The second is the philosophical debate over what kinds of evidence are required for causal inference. Both of these issues will be examined in the context of the ongoing Greater Manchester Project, as part of the Knowledge for Use project.