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Published July 2011 | public
Journal Article

Trumping and contrastive causation


Jonathan Schaffer introduced a new type of causal structure called 'trumping'. According to Schaffer, trumping is a species of causal preemption. Both Schaffer and I have argued that causation has a contrastive structure. In this paper, I analyze the structure of trumping cases from the perspective of contrastive causation, and argue that the case is much more complex than it first appears. Nonetheless, there is little reason to regard trumping as a species of causal preemption.

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© 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. Received: 30 July 2010. Accepted: 30 July 2010. Published online: 15 September 2010. For comments, criticism, and discussion, I would like to thank Eric Hiddleston, Laurie Paul, Jonathan Schaffer, Jim Woodward and Jiji Zhang.

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